Bottle shop sets sights on Rocky Mount Mills

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By Corey Davis

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A bottle shop has signed a lease to become one of the newest tenants at Rocky Mount Mills.

Ramblers Beer and Wine in downtown Durham is expanding operations and opening a second location at the former Rocky Mount cotton mill, which has been transformed into a planned mixed-use redevelopment project. Ramblers is owned by couple Justin and Brittany Tipper. The first store was established in 2015 near the American Tobacco Campus.

“We are shooting for early 2017 and we will be located in the large shed right in the middle of the Mills,” Justin Tipper said. “There will be a beer garden attached to us also.”

The Tippers said the new Rocky Mount Ramblers will feature more than 250 types of beer, more than 100 varieties of wine and rotating taps and house wines by the glass. Justin Tipper said Ramblers offers craft beer, wine and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

Ramblers also has a selection of grab-and-go beers, wines and ciders, Tipper added. He said friend Kristi Ellis and her husband will manage the Rocky Mount location once it opens.

"Ramblers sells craft beer and wine from all over the world,” Tipper said. “We have a strong selection of local products but expand to bring the best from the world to our store. We also will have a full bar of draft beer and house pour wines. For food, we will have a small selection of snacks. There will not be a restaurant in the store but anyone is welcome to bring outside food in."

The work Capitol Broadcasting Co. has done over the years with the revamped American Tobacco Campus made Tipper excited to be apart of Capitol’s ongoing redevelopment project of the Mills and the revitalization of downtown Rocky Mount, he said.

“I had a friend explained to me their (Capitol) concept and they were wanting a beer and wine store,” Tipper said. “We are extremely familiar with the awesome work the group does. We heard about their plan to grow the downtown Rocky Mount scene and to create an environment for people to be social. It’s something that fits with our philosophy. We feel that Rocky Mount has a very neighborhood feel. Everyone is welcoming and excited to see their city grow. We truly believe they will support the Mills’ concept and that helps us have faith that it's a good idea to be there with them."

Tippers is confident Ramblers brings something unique, which will add to the ever-growing Eastern North Carolina craft beer scene.

"We are really excited to watch the growth of Rocky Mount happen around us,” Tipper said. “We can't wait to see where the Mill goes from here and we are super happy to be the first true beer and wine store for Rocky Mount. We take what we do seriously and we hope it shows. We think we are a great fit to the area and will offer something different to the already growing Mills."


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