CLOSING: Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits in Phoenix at the End of August

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At the end of August, the Biltmore corridor will come up one spot short of a place to score adult libations: Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits is shuttering.

A combination wine bar and liquor boutique, Sportsman's is known for its offerings of more than 3,000 brands of wine, an extensive selection of single malt scotches, and top-shelf spirits from all over the world. It also features a comfortable in-house bar and small-plate bistro as well as a staff of friendly and knowledgeable sommeliers.

Located at 3205 East Camelback Road (at the Southeast corner of 32nd Street and Camelback), Sportsman's originated as a corner liquor store in the 1950s. The shop changed ownership in the late 1960s and then again in 1987, when its focus shifted to wine, spirits, and scotch.

Bashas', the Arizona-based, family-owned grocery chain, acquired Sportsman's in 2007.

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The Republic reports Edward Basha III, president and CEO of Bashas', confirmed that the wine and spirit store is closing and that the company, "is working to place the 15 Sportsman's employees in positions at AJ's Fine Foods, which the company also owns."

Valley chef-legend Mark Tarbell, the Republic goes on to say, is expected to take over the space left vacant by Sportsman's, which is adjacent to his restaurant, Tarbell's.

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Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits

10893 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

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Anon
Anon

It was gone long ago after Fine left and they sold out to Bankrupt Bashas

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I was always surprised that after Bashas bought it they didn't rebrand their AJ's in-store wine and liquor department as Sportsmans - kind of a store within a store.  Sort of seemed like a lost opportunity to take advantage of the intellectual property and goodwill that they acquired when they bought Sportsmans.   Without using the Sportsman's brand to add cache to their in-store wine and spirits department, Basha's acquisition of Sportsman's never made sense to me. 

Sumosommelier
Sumosommelier

Luis Chance who works there is awesome...so bummed for him!

Arana Wolin
Arana Wolin

Had many great experiences at Sportsman's, and more than a couple special orders. Will be sad to see them go, but happy Tarbell's will be expanding into the spot and not a Subway, or Quizno's or other name-your-chain crap eatery.

Jeremy Daniel Klettlinger
Jeremy Daniel Klettlinger

i'm shocked it's stayed open as long as it has...... the wine is so overpriced, why would anyone buy it there when you can buy the exact same thing for 25% less down the street

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