FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — Total Wine & More opened last Thursday in Fairview Heights, marking the wine, spirits and beer retailer's first location in the state of Illinois.

The 20,000-square-foot store, located at 5905 N. Illinois St. in the former Here Today location, offers over 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers. It will feature a climate-controlled wine cellar for high-end wines and rare selections and a walk-in humidor for fine cigars in addition to a "wine education center" that will enable the store to offer in-store classes, community meetings and special events.

Total Wine will employ 50 people, most of whom will be full-time, the company said in a release.

“As a company, we pride ourselves on serving our communities and providing consumers with what they deserve: outstanding service, phenomenal selection, best prices and unique customer experience," said Edward Cooper, Total Wine & More’s vice president of public affairs and community relations.

The Maryland-based retail chain first opened in 1991 and now has 199 locations across 23 states. Total Wine has three other locations in the St. Louis area: Brentwood, Chesterfield and Town & Country.

If you enjoy exploring the many vintages and nuances of wine, pay attention: The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a case that could bring the multibillion-dollar wine industry closer to your doorstep. This week's arguments stem from a Tennessee dispute, Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v.

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