MILESTONES & ACHIEVEMENTS

MILESTONES & ACHIEVEMENTS

Milestones and Achievements

Throughout Highlander Wine & Spirits time in Calgary, we have always kept the idea of serving our customers to the best of our abilities in the forefront of our minds. We'd like to share with you, some of the milestones & achievements that have come to pass on our journey to furthering our customer service.

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1961

THE HIGHLANDER HOTEL OPENS



The Highlander Hotel Opens
January 27th, 1961


The Highlander Hotel officially opened on January 27th, 1961. President Norman Libin, the Paperny family, the Sheftels and the Edmonton Crystal family financed the 88-room motor hotel. North-facing rooms were decorated with warm colours and the south rooms enjoyed balconies. Amenities included: the famous Black Angus dining room, the (Scottish) Clansman Mixed Beverage Room and a beauty salon. The "Highlander" name was chosen to reflect the Scottish origin of the name Calgary. Tartan decor abounded, so much that lounge manager Walter McDougall kept a reference book handy to settle ensuing tartan disputes with customers.
Marda Loop (1 of 1)
milestone

2010

MARDA LOOP OPENS



2010

In 2010, our Marda Loop location opened, placed right in the epicentre of the trendy new area of Marda Loop. In 2019 this location underwent extensive renovations including expanded cold drink selection as well as additional space for more wine!
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milestone

1996

THE FIRST STORE OPENS



The First Store Opens
1996


Originally a popular off-sale location in the old Highlander Hotel, the first Highlander Wine & Spirits store (North Hill) opens its doors in 1996. The families that opened the hotel carried the tradition across the street, to the south side of 16th Avenue in a shopping mall just west of 19th Street N.W.
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milestone

2013

HIGHLANDER WINE & SPIRITS ONLINE STORE OPENS


2013

In 2013, Highlander Wine & Spirits decided to expand their reach and accessibility by opening an online store. Since its conception, our website has undergone many changes and improvments to further meet the needs of our growing customer base.
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milestone

2005

RICHMOND ROAD LOCATION OPENS



2005

In 2005, our Richmond Road location was opened, bringing the Highlander experience to the Richmond neighbourhood. Since the opening days, our Richmond Road team have created and shared a connection with many returning customers and helped form a stable foundation for the Highlander Wine & Spirits brand to grow.
Herald
achievement

2013

HIGHLANDER WINE & SPIRITS FEATURED IN THE CALGARY HERALD


2013

In 2013, Highlander Wine & Spirits had the honour of being featured in a release of the Calgary Herald newspaper. Highlighted in this article is our partener Elliot Porozni, as he give a brief history as well as plans for the future of Highlander Wine & Spirits.
Seton-Store-Front-1200x657
milestone

2015

SETON OPENS



2015

In 2015, our Seton location opened, making it our most southern location yet. In addition to its unique location, Seton is also our largest store at 6,100 square feet with 20 foot high vaulted ceilings with a soft, modern industrial theme making this location a blueprint for our future brick and mortar stores.
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achievement

2016

HIGHLANDER WINE & SPIRITS FEATURED IN LIQUOR RETAILER MAGAZINE


2016

In 2016, Highlander Wine & Spirits had the pleasure of being featured in an article by Liquor Retailer magazine. Through this article, you will find a brief history of Highlander Wine & Spirits as well a feature on our newest store location at the time - Seton.
Aspen-4-1200x901
milestone

2017

ASPEN OPENS



2017

In 2017 our Aspen Woods location opens in place of the previous Merlo Vinoteca location. This location offered an excellent space for private tasting events as well as being one of our first locations to feature a cellar room for our higher end wines.
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milestone

2018

COOPER'S CROSSING OPENS

Bin 905 EXT (1 of 1)
milestone

2018

BIN905 BECOMES PART OF THE HIGHLANDER FAMILY

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milestone

2018

WEST EDMONTON LOCATION OPENS


2018

2018 was the year of expansion for Highlander Wine & Spirits with the opening of both our Coopers Crossing location in Airdrie, our Eighth Avenue Place location as well as the acquisition of Bin905 to the Highlander Family; thus rolling out a new benchmark in design for our future locations.
milestone

1961

THE HIGHLANDER HOTEL OPENS



The Highlander Hotel Opens
January 27th, 1961


The Highlander Hotel officially opened on January 27th, 1961. President Norman Libin, the Paperny family, the Sheftels and the Edmonton Crystal family financed the 88-room motor hotel. North-facing rooms were decorated with warm colours and the south rooms enjoyed balconies. Amenities included: the famous Black Angus dining room, the (Scottish) Clansman Mixed Beverage Room and a beauty salon. The "Highlander" name was chosen to reflect the Scottish origin of the name Calgary. Tartan decor abounded, so much that lounge manager Walter McDougall kept a reference book handy to settle ensuing tartan disputes with customers.
highlander-north-hill-1
milestone

1996

THE FIRST STORE OPENS



The First Store Opens
1996


Originally a popular off-sale location in the old Highlander Hotel, the first Highlander Wine & Spirits store (North Hill) opens its doors in 1996. The families that opened the hotel carried the tradition across the street, to the south side of 16th Avenue in a shopping mall just west of 19th Street N.W.
rr (1 of 1)
milestone

2005

RICHMOND ROAD LOCATION OPENS



2005

In 2005, our Richmond Road location was opened, bringing the Highlander experience to the Richmond neighbourhood. Since the opening days, our Richmond Road team have created and shared a connection with many returning customers and helped form a stable foundation for the Highlander Wine & Spirits brand to grow.
Marda Loop (1 of 1)
milestone

2010

MARDA LOOP OPENS



2010

In 2010, our Marda Loop location opened, place right in the epicentre of the trendy new area of Marda Loop. In 2019 this location underwent extensive renovations including expanded cold drink selection as well as additional space for more wine!
pure-white-background-85a2a7fd-Recovered
milestone

2013

HIGHLANDER WINE & SPIRITS ONLINE STORE OPENS


2013

In 2013, Highlander Wine & Spirits decided to expand their reach and accessibility by opening an online store. Since its conception, our website has undergone many changes and improvments to further meet the needs of our growing customer base.
Herald
achievement

2013

HIGHLANDER WINE & SPIRITS FEATURED IN THE CALGARY HERALD


2013

In 2013, Highlander Wine & Spirits had the honour of being featured in a release of the Calgary Herald newspaper. Highlighted in this article is our partener Elliot Porozni, as he give a brief history as well as plans for the future of Highlander Wine & Spirits.
Seton-Store-Front-1200x657
milestone

2015

SETON OPENS



2015

In 2015, our Seton location opened, making it our most southern location yet. In addition to its unique location, Seton is also our largest store at 6,100 square feet with 20 foot high vaulted ceilings with a soft, modern industrial theme making this location a blueprint for our future brick and mortar stores.
milestone-liquorretailers-1024x1222
achievement

2016

HIGHLANDER WINE & SPIRITS FEATURED IN LIQUOR RETAILER MAGAZINE


2016

In 2016, Highlander Wine & Spirits had the pleasure of being featured in an article by Liquor Retailer magazine. Through this article, you will find a brief history of Highlander Wine & Spirits as well a feature on our newest store location at the time - Seton.
Aspen-4-1200x901
milestone

2017

ASPEN OPENS



2017

In 2017 our Aspen Woods location opens in place of the previous Merlo Vinoteca location. This location offered an excellent space for private tasting events as well as being one of our first locations to feature a cellar room for our higher end wines.
cc-1-of-1-4-1200x694-1
milestone

2018

COOPER'S CROSSING OPENS

Bin 905 EXT (1 of 1)
milestone

2018

BIN905 BECOMES PART OF THE HIGHLANDER FAMILY


2018

2018 was the year of expansion for Highlander Wine & Spirits with the opening of both our Coopers Crossing location in Airdrie, our Eighth Avenue Place location as well as the acquisition of Bin905 to the Highlander Family; thus rolling out a new benchmark in design for our future locations.
Capture2
milestone

2018

WEST EDMONTON LOCATION OPENS

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