Big-box wine stores coming to Twin Cities

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Total Wine & More, a national chain of wine supercenters, is scouting out real estate in the metro to open several stores.

The Business Journal reports the wine retailer has been filling 20,000 to 30,000-square-foot spaces that formerly housed stores like Circuit City or Borders.

The stores carry more than 8,000 wines from around the world with rarer selections stored in a climate-controlled wine cellar, as well as iPad kiosks that pair wine with food and wine-education centers to host tastings, classes and events.

About 3,000 distilled spirits and 2,500 beers are also available at the stores.

The company touts the lowest prices in town and competes with discount retailers like Costco.

Total Wine & More currently has more than 90 wine superstores in 15 states, predominantly on the coasts and in the southern states.

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