Business: New discount liquor store opens in Grand Lake area |

Business: New discount liquor store opens in Grand Lake area

Tonya Bina
Grand Lake, Colorado

J.R. Waller, former proprietor of J.R.’s Chophouse on Highway 34, just opened Discount Liquors across the highway from J.R.’s.

It’s the revival of a liquor store in that location, the second along the Highway 34 corridor outside of Grand Lake.

Twelve years ago, Jack Depeu was owner of a similar store in the Discount Liquors building.

The building later housed apartments, according to Waller. Recent renovations inside and out have transformed the building to a wine, beer and liquor mart with a large inventory of chilled products.

“I opened it because people in the area asked me too,” Waller said, whose son has just reopened the bar side of the former J.R.’s. Chophouse as Johnson’s Landing.

Working in the alcohol-sales businesses, J.R. was an unlikely candidate to start a foundation that helps those who abuse alcohol.

But it’s exactly what he did when he founded BADD ” Businesses Against Alcohol and Drug Dependence.

The foundation helps those with alcohol addiction pay for rehabilitation, training and educational programs and works side-by-side with the court system and Colorado West Mental Health. The foundation also helps those who instigate help on their own.

According to Waller, 100 percent of funds raised by BADD go into helping individuals battle alcohol dependence.

Started a few years ago, BADD has already witnessed success stories, he said, such as one person who was able to repair relationships with his children and family after rehabilitation supported by BADD.

“It’s not against the alcohol, it’s against the dependence on it,” said the liquor store owner and BADD founder, who differentiates social drinking from addiction. “It’s learning how to handle it.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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