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Kodiak brewery has big expansion plans on tap

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by James Brooks / Kodiak Daily Mirror

Dec 31, 2011

KODIAK, Alaska - Changes are brewing in Kodiak's downtown.

As soon as next month, longtime landmark store Cy's Sporting Goods (google place) could be replaced by the booming Kodiak Island Brewing Company.

"There's been steady, steady growth over the years in demand both on the retail side and on the wholesale side," said Ben Millstein, owner of the brewing company now on Shelikof Street. "There's parking issues, too, and kind of access issues and efficiency issues within the space. It just seemed like staying there might not be an option."

As Millstein began looking for a new location in downtown Kodiak, he happened to walk into the Cy's Sporting Goods store and began talking with owner Cy Hoen, who has operated a store in Kodiak for more than 40 years.

Sharon Moore, Hoen's longtime partner, said the pair had been looking for an exit strategy.

"We're just getting older," she said. "It's just time to start slowing down."

Hoen declined to be interviewed, but said, "Nothing is set in stone."

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