KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - With an emphasis on serving veterans, Armory Brewery announced on Friday that it would be opening a new brewery as the first new business in the downtown revitalization project in Kannapolis.
Brewery owners, city, county, and civic leaders all met in Veterans Park for the announcement.
Armory Beer Company will be located in the 6,000 square feet building, formerly known used by the Rotary, on West Avenue, beside of VIDA, the new mixed-use district now under construction. “We could not have asked for a better first tenant,” said Kent Gregory, one of the developers of VIDA. “Their commitment to helping veterans and their drive to have a great business make them ideal for our development.”
Kyle Lingafelt, Stefan Perrine, and Richard Bradley are the owners of Armory Brewery. All served in the military and met while earning master’s degrees in business administration at the University of Southern California.
“Coming back from the military and doing these combat tours, a lot of things we noticed was camaraderie issue for veterans getting out, we noticed, how do we transition, there’s big transitional issues, and we have an issue with suicides, the average is 22 a day which is just way too many obviously, one is too many, but what we want to do is be able to create a business that builds that camaraderie," Lingafelt said.
The company plans on hiring veterans in the new facility.
“We welcome Kyle, Stefan and Richard to Kannapolis. A beer company which supports Veterans is a fitting business for our revitalized downtown. Downtown Kannapolis has a rich heritage of supporting veterans for decades. We look forward to opening day this fall,” commented Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.
From a business standpoint, this brewery is the first new business that will be a part of the revitalization project.
“Yeah, that’s a big deal," said Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg. "Obviously we’ve spent a lot of time and effort on revitalizing downtown, and we’re spending lots of effort on the new ballpark and those kinds of large expenditures, large investments, but the reality is that at the end of the day we want new business to come here and this is a big big day because this is the first announcement of a substantial new business.”
The new brewery is expected to open in the Fall. The building will be renovated with a classical look that reflects the World War I and 1920’s era. Opening day, the brewery will have two beer gardens with multiple food truck options readily available. Armory Beer Company also plans to offer live music entertainment. With the completion of the walkway between the Vida Apartments and the brewery, the third beer garden will open in July 2020, adding additional space for patrons to relax, unwind and enjoy the events planned at the brewery and in downtown.