Las Vegas Airport baggage claim liquor store could open by fall

The liquor store proposed for the baggage claim area of Las Vegas Airport will likely begin selling booze by fall.

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously today for county staff to negotiate to get the project done.

A gleeful Rich Worthington, one of two principals behind the Liquor Library, told a county staffer in the hallway “we’re ready to sign the lease. Literally. Just send it to us.”

Worthington, president of the Molasky Group of Cos., is partnering with Christian Haase, who operates a chain of convenience stores/gas stations and is president of Burnett Haase Construction.

Liquor Library lost the bid to open the nation’s first in-airport liquor store that isn’t in a duty-free section in late 2010 to Lee’s Runway Liquor.

Lee’s, however, defaulted on its agreement by not beginning construction by Dec. 31.

Commissioners then awarded the right to negotiate with the county to the Liquor Library, which had come in second to Lee’s in the bidding.

Worthington and Haase plan to invest about $500,000 in the store’s construction and be up and running in as little as six months.