J.K. Williams Distilling now under new ownership

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. –Nearly a year and a half ago, J.K. Williams Distilling closed in East Peoria.

Now, a new tenant is temporarily planning to use the building and the equipment left inside of it. The plan is to be there until the end of the year, until moving the distillery to the Warehouse District in Peoria.

Ty Livingston, Director of East Peoria’s Planning and Zoning Commission says it’s a benefit to have moment in the building again.

“We feel like they’ve got a really interesting business model they’re looking to be a part of what’s going on down there. It certainly gets the equipment out of the existing space and allows the property owner to find a new opportunity to lease that space,” Livingston said.

East Peoria city council is voting Tuesday night to allow a special use for the J.K. Williams building.

“The equipment from J.K. Williams which shut down a year and a half ago is still there in the building. So this is the assets of the building being sold and acquired. For the time being, they’re gonna try to bottle what’s left there and what’s remaining and get that product out to market,” said Livingston.

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