Silver Spring resident Kirti Patel already has a business presence in Wheaton: He owns the Quiznos across from the Giant at Westfield Wheaton.
But now he's expanded, with a new wine and beer store that opened Tuesday night in the Costco wing of the Wheaton mall.
"I thought this was a good opportunity, with Costco opening nearby," Patel said.
Patel's goal with Choice Wine & Beer (not to be confused with the Choice Beer & Wine in Rockville) is to create a "nice, clean, and safe environment" where customers can purchase alcohol, he said.
Patel is still expanding his selection, but the wine ranges in price from $6 to $50, he said.
The store will be open during mall hours: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Editor's Note: After warning readers not to confuse the Wheaton and Rockville stores with their similar names, we ended up confusing ourselves and switching the names. The story has been corrected, with the correct names for the correct locations.