Leading Kentucky beverage alcohol retailer Liquor Barn has announced the purchase of longtime Kentucky retailer J’s Liquors.
This deal includes J’s Liquors Tasting Bar and Cheese Shop and J’s Liquors–West Parrish in Owensboro, KY.
J’s Liquors has served the city of Owensboro for more than 65 years. The first store opened in 1955, with partners John “Hump” Tanner and Doc Oldham.
Hump is a local sports legend. After starring for the Owensboro High School and Centre College football teams, he played for the Toledo Maroons, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Bulldogs in the National Football League of the 1920’s. Hump was Centre College’s starting quarterback during the famous October 29, 1921 college football game between Centre College vs. Harvard. in what is considered a major upset in college football history, Centre beat Harvard 6-0. Hump later became a teammate and friend of Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete of the era.
For Hump’s many athletic accomplishments, his liquor store for many years was called Humps by the local residents.
Today, J’s Liquors is well known for its large selection of spirits, wine and beer, the company says, plus a popular tasting bar and cheese shop. Liquor Barn acquires the two J’s Liquors stores from the Oldham family, who has operated the businesses for the past several decades.
“We are thrilled to have J’s Liquors join the Liquor Barn family of Kentucky owned and operated liquor stores serving the Commonwealth,” says Liquor Barn Chairman Jonathan Blue. “We are committed to be exemplary custodians of these legacy stores. The acquisition of J’s Liquors continues our quest to become the leading retailer for spirits, wine, beer, cigars and specialty foods to our loyal and growing customer base in Kentucky. We are always proud to represent Kentucky and are grateful to our employees for continually thriving for excellence.”