Cary, NC- If you’ve been asking yourself “Why doesn’t Cary have its own Craft Beer Store?” you aren’t alone. Matt Ganzert has been driving all around Wake County to get his beer fix, and he finally decided to open his own place. HighCraft Beer Market will open later this month in Cary’s West Park Shopping center, near the NC 55 Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Matt is a former banker who had been wanting to open his own business for a while. After plenty of research proved to him that our market was ripe for growth in the craft beer craze, he partnered with some family members to get started on making the dream a reality.
Cary Is Underserved
The Cary market is under-served (as mentioned above) and the demographics are perfect.
Many people (wrongly) assume craft beer is what young and hip people are drinking. However, those young folks don’t have much disposable income.
The real craft beer consumers are 35-55 years old and have more money to spend on expensive six packs and growlers. The density of Cary with that desired demographic is perfect.
Craft beer is a growing business. According to Matt, craft beer currently makes up only 15 percent of the overall beer market. Typically an industry that has smaller specialty niches within it, can handle as much as 30% specialty products.
There’s not much competition locally. Cary has one brewery, and soon World of Beer will open in the Arboretum Shopping Center, miles away from HighCraft’s location. Downtown has plans for a craft beer pub, but that is in the very early stages, and is more than 5 miles away. Other than those two locations, customers must drive into Raleigh, Apex or Fuquay-Varina for their craft beer fix.
HighCraft Beer Market
HighCraft Beer Market won’t just sell six packs of unusual brews. They plan to have a dozen beers on tap for sampling, and sell beers by the glass and growlers (about 1/2 gallon in a takeaway glass bottle). There will be a focus on North Carolina breweries, but the store will carry beers from around the globe.
The 1200 square foot store will stock about 800 different beers.
Matt wants his store to be a local hangout, and says his customers will most likely visit him from a five-mile radius. Being right next to the large West Park subdivision, not far from Preston and Wellsley is also a plus. People will be able to enjoy a flight of beers, or even pay for a pint to sip while they shop. He will have a bar and seating both inside and out to encourage people to stay a while.
There are early plans to host tasting events and maybe classes, but the aim is to educate the customer during their visits. Not sure what an IPA tastes like? Ask Matt for a sample of the one on tap. Never tried a porter? Give one a try before you purchase.
When they open, if you visit, you will probably meet Matt. He plans to run the store and be the “beer guy” while his family will be silent partners.
Look for HighCraft Beer to open with a soft opening in late August 2014 in West Park Shopping at the corner of NC 55 and High House Road.