Plans by Northern Irish whiskey company Matt D'Arcy & Co Ltd to construct a new distillery, visitor centre, bar and restaurant on Newry's Monaghan Street are expected to progress in the coming days with the formal issuing of constructions tenders for the proposed development.
Matt D'Arcy and Co was originally given the green light to develop the planned £7 million distillery, visitor centre, bar and restaurant in 2018, however, as reported by The Irish News, its development was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Matt D'Arcy & Co is reluctant to state a date for when contractors might begin work on the planned distillery development, The Irish News believes that the issuing of tenders suggests that contractors could be working on its site by the summer.
Focussing On Expanding The Footprint Of Its Products
In the meantime, the company is focussing on expanding the footprint of its most recently released whiskey products.
Sales of its D'Arcy's Old Irish Whiskey brand reportedly exceeded £100,000 during the 2020 Christmas period.
The Irish News quotes Matt D'Arcy & Co director Michael McKeown as saying, "We are delighted with the response from off-licences and their customers. We are now stocked in over 70 outlets across Northern Ireland and hope to announce further stores in the coming weeks."
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