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Investor's death leads to stall of Lucky Girl Brewing Crossroads development in Richmond

Lucky Girl nixes plans for East Dundee, McHenry Miller Point projects

The death of an investor has stalled the development of Lucky Girl Brewing Crossroads in Richmond, an owner said.

Lucky Girl owners Jerry McCoy and Jeff Wescott originally planned to open the Richmond brewery in 2018. The opening date then was pushed back to April, but construction has yet to be complete.

The Richmond brewery is planned for an 8-acre parcel of property on the corner of Routes 12 and 31 in a 4,000-square-foot building that the owners are remodeling.

Lucky Girl would offer outdoor music, a large patio space and a fire pit, in addition to hosting community events such as a farmers market and activities for kids, the owners have said.

The developers’ building permits have expired, so the owners again would have to go before the village to get those reissued, Richmond Village President Craig Kunz said.

“We haven’t heard anything from them,” Kunz said. “I have no idea what the gentlemen are doing. Nothing really has been done, that I can see, where he is that much closer to opening.”

One owner said financial uncertainty has caused the delay.

“We had an investor in the Richmond piece, and he is a doctor who passed away relatively young, and his portion of the investment, his heirs don’t want to come in on,” McCoy said. “Jeff and I turned a corner and applied for a [Small Business Administration] loan and are in that process.”

McCoy said the SBA process could take up to 10 weeks to complete.

“I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t get approved,” he said. “We have been at this thing for two years, and we are finally in the home stretch. It’s taken longer than we wanted, but good things come to those who wait.”

McCoy and Wescott originally planned a major brand expansion, with new locations throughout the county, including breweries for McHenry’s Miller Point property and in downtown East Dundee. Both projects have fallen through, although McCoy said Lucky Girl still intends to work with McHenry in the future.

McCoy and Wescott had planned to construct a 10,495-square-foot, two-story winery, brewery and restaurant in the city-owned Miller Point space. McCoy said the $2 million project won’t move forward at that location, but Lucky Girl might be right for Green Street sometime in the future.

The two are not actively pursing a new location within the city, however, and likely would have to plan a smaller project, city officials said.

“I think they were just not prepared to do a project of this scope at this location,” McHenry Economic Development Director Doug Martin said. “We would love for them to locate at a location that may be more feasible, but [the search] hasn’t been very active recently.”

There aren’t any development proposals for the Miller Point property currently, but the city would welcome redevelopment, McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett said. The city holds events at Miller Point, but the space is not dedicated to remain park space indefinitely, he said.

“It just has to be the right development,” Jett said. “We don’t want to stop development.”

Jett said he wouldn’t want to see a project begin on Miller Point and then stall, as the Richmond Lucky Girl development has.

In East Dundee, Lucky Girl had planned to construct a brewery at 311 E. Barrington Ave. The development never came to fruition, and D.C. Cobb’s now plans to expand with a third location in the space formerly planned for Lucky Girl, East Dundee Village Administrator Jennifer Johnsen said.

The D.C. Cobb’s chain is owned by Woodstock entrepreneur Dan Hart and has sites in Woodstock and McHenry.

Lucky Girl began as a contract brewer in Pennsylvania and operates two breweries in Michigan, including Lucky Girl Brewing Crossroads in Paw Paw, Michigan.

Lucky Girl brands of wine, beer and liquor are available at a variety of retail stores.

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