Norm’s Beer and Wine Customers Fight Non-Compete Clause – Vienna Patch
When I still lived in Vienna, Norm’s Beer & Wine was my go-to for suds. The service was strong and owner Norm Yow was personable. His shop has created a devoted following, but his days at the Danor Plaza location he’s been in since 1998 could be numbered. His lease is through 2013, but the arrival of Fresh Market in the what I believe is the old Minnesota Fabrics space (before that, A&P) could push him out. Norm’s landlord, Finmarc offered Fresh Market, which sells beer & wine, a non-compete clause in their lease.
Fans of Norm’s have rallied with a Save Norm’s Beer and Wine Facebook Group and @SaveNormsBeer Twitter account. These unofficial groups have targeted Fresh Market — its probably too late to go after Finmarc, who started the problem by undercutting Norm’s.
I have a feeling Norm’s is going to ultimately wind up having to move which stinks, but Yow can take comfort in that he has dedicated customers who are likely to follow him when he does.
UPDATE: The Post’s State of NoVa blog has a story about Norm’s as well.