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Shacksbury Cider expanding in Vergennes

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Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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SHACKSBURY CIDER CO-OWNERS Colin Davis, left, and David Dolginow stand outside the former Deneker Chevrolet building across from Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes, where Shacksbury has its headquarters. Shacksbury has expanded some of its operations into the Deneker space. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

VERGENNES — The owners of Kennedy Brothers complex in Vergennes struck a deal in May to lease for four years, with an option to buy, the former 14 North Main St. home of Denecker Chevrolet. The move will allow Kennedy Brothers’ biggest tenant, Shacksbury Cider, to continue to expand its operations in Vergennes.

Kennedy Brothers co-owner Bob Feuerstein said he expects the Vergennes Development Review Board to approve a conditional use permit for conversion of most of the former auto dealership into warehouse and storage space for the specialty cider firm.

The DRB held a May 21 public hearing on the proposal. Vergennes Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley said in an email that approval won’t be official until the DRB releases its decision on June 18, but confirmed Feuerstein could convert into warehouse space all the former dealership except its showroom and offices.

Feuerstein hopes to find a different tenant for the rest of the 14 North Main St. building, where Shacksbury is leasing all but about 1,000 square feet of offices within a 6,768-square-foot building. When he does, Feuerstein said he will return to the DRB with a new application for the remaining space.

“I’m just approved for the warehouse use right now, but I am going to try to rent that other space. It could be retail. It could be office. I’ll have to go to the DRB again to get approval,” he said.

Shacksbury co-founders Colin Davis and David Dolginow said demand for the company’s specialty ciders has grown since they signed a lease to move into Kennedy Brothers two years ago. They are also renovating the second story of Kennedy Brothers’ northern, wood-framed wing to allow expansion of its operations within the North Main Street landmark.

“We’re in desperate need of more production space, so that’s what’s really driving the train,” Dolginow said.

Davis can also foresee production being added across the street from Kennedy Brothers.

“It’s going to be shipping and receiving, warehousing for now, but we plan hopefully to expand production over here at Denecker,” Davis said. “We really need more space than we have once the second floor is renovated in Kennedy Brothers.”

Exactly how much production room and capacity Shacksbury will need remains to be seen, Davis said. The company has struggled to keep up with the market for its products, much of which is made with long-forgotten apple varietals the company owners believe are ideal for cider.

“Basically we’re not really sure yet,” he said. “We have one cider in particular, our rosé, taking off. And we’re nowhere near meeting the demand we’re seeing. We’re going to at least double over the next year, and it’s only going to be limited by the amount of space we have.”

Within Kennedy Brothers, Shacksbury leases 3,344 square feet on the first floor and 2,600 square feet on the second floor. Feuerstein said a third floor proved not to be structurally sound, thus the renovations will give the second floor a cathedral ceiling.

Davis and Dolginow said the second-floor space is attractive, with Davis adding the project will double their production capacity, and they are also considering devoting some of it to customer service. 

Dolginow said increasing production will remain the priority on the second floor, but Shacksbury will keep its options open during the early phases of the renovation. 

“We’re still seeing what our response is to the (first-floor) tasting room. And if it’s strong there’s a wooden floor section to the second floor that’s not really suited to production. We might expand our tasting room and event capacity up there,” he said. “It’s a beautiful space. We would love to have more people in there.”

They will also share promotions, such as music and kids’ games, with the farmers’ market that now sets up shop in the Kennedy Brothers parking lot late every Thursday afternoon, and plan to host events with music, games and food from noon to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month from July to November.

“We’ve been really thrilled with the reception in the city of Vergennes and look forward to doing more event programming and continuing to develop the Kennedy Brothers space into a space that’s a good stop for families and anyone that is interested in learning about cider,” Dolginow said.

In all, Davis said the move of Shacksbury’s base of operations two years ago from Shoreham to Vergennes has gone well.

“We’re really happy to be here, for sure,” he said.

Continued success for Shacksbury would mean Feuerstein is more likely to trigger his 14 North Main St. purchase option with property owner Tom Denecker.

“I’ll have to decide in four years if I want to purchase it,” Feuerstein said. “That would probably be the biggest factor, if they are doing well and need the space.”

In the meantime Shacksbury’s expansion into the second story means for Feuerstein and co-owner Lillian Kennedy that their Main Street landmark is fully leased out.

“I’ve got a large variety of tenants. They all seem very happy,” Feuerstein said. “The building is pretty busy all day long these days.”

Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected]

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