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Big Red Liquors Expands into Fort Wayne with Cap n’ Cork Acquisition

Big Red Liquors, reportedly the largest package liquor store chain in Indiana, will acquire the Cap n’ Cork chain of retail liquor stores located throughout Fort Wayne, IN. Deal terms weren’t disclosed. Led by Big Red Liquors co-owners Tony Knoble and Justin Collins, along with CEO and President Don Rix, the acquisition is expected to close early July. 

Currently operating 60 stores, the acquisition of Cap n’ Cork’s 15 locations allows Big Red Liquors’ footprint to grow to 75 liquor stores statewide. Given the lasting impact Cap n’ Cork has made in the Fort Wayne community, Big Red Liquors will preserve its current name and branding and retain all team members. 

The idea for Cap n’ Cork originated in 1964, following the launch of Liberty Liquors by George Lebamoff. The chain of liquor stores is currently owned by George Lebamoff’s son Andy Lebamoff and son-in-law Joe Doust Jr. 


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