by Eric Monson
Posted 12/2/2013 12:00 am
Stratton’s Market on East Third Street in downtown Little Rock is growing and changing its name to Stratton’s Market Fine Wines & Spirits.
Adjacent to Dugan’s Pub, the market is expanding into a storefront left vacant by the departure of Workplace Resources and increasing its size from 800-SF to 2,200 SF. When renovations are complete, the new area will include a full kitchen with a convection double-oven and “make line,” the counter upon which meal ingredients are assembled.
Owner Don Dugan, also the proprietor of Dugan’s Pub, recently acquired a license that allows the business to sell both liquor and groceries. He designed the revamped Stratton’s to serve as a full-service stop for people looking to pick up wine and a hot dinner on their way home after work.
Inspired by a full-service grocery in California’s wine country, and funded by a line of credit from the Bank of Little Rock, Dugan is installing rotisseries in the new space and expects to sell sliced meats and cheeses along with the hot food. He says the market’s dedication to wine will be seen in a 12-foot shelf holding 1,300 bottles.
Dugan noted that his pub and market are surrounded by hotels, with a new hotel and 80 new apartments currently under construction nearby. “There’s nothing down in this area for residents and the people staying in the hotels,” he said, “and we really want to service those folks as best we can.”
He has hired four new workers so far to handle Stratton’s expanded services, and intends to hire two more.
Dugan isn’t worried about Stratton’s growth and new direction, noting that it has been a runaway success to date. The market opened on Memorial Day of 2012 and, he said, “We haven’t had a flat month yet.”