Officials at Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington say their decision to move to a new location on the west side of town is saving them a substantial amount of money. The company had previously purchased property on Grimes Lane, off the B-Line Trail in downtown. They have since sold that site and moved to its new site on Profile Parkway. President Doug Dayhoff says that while his “heart is on the B-Line Trail,” the decision to sell was a matter of economics.
“The building was in pretty rough shape, and we were just having to spend a lot of money to bring it up to a good, basic facility for us. The economics were such that the new location is going to work out better,” he says.
Director of Economic Development for the City of Bloomington Danise Alano-Martin says the city had hoped moving the brewery to the B-Line would spur economic development. But she says she understand why the company decided to move.
“They had to make a decision that was the best way for them to achieve their plans, so we certainly understand the decision they had to make to choose a different property on Profile Parkway, and we support that decision and look forward to still watching Upland succeed and grow,” she says.
Upland Brewery hopes to have its new site up and running by mid-May.