[image-1]After a previous attempt to move to North Charleston in 2015, Firefly Distillery has finally inked a deal to bring its headquarters to a 16-acre space off Spruill Avenue.

According to a post by the South Carolina Department of Commerce republished on the City of North Charleston’s website, Firefly will expand its operations with a $7.3 million investment in the city at 1135 Rome Lane.

The distillery, originally founded by Jim Irvin and his wife Ann Limehouse, came about after the couple moved to Wadmawlaw and started making muscadine wine. But the two struck pay dirt when they joined forces with Scott Newitt and launched Sweet Tea Vodka in 2008.

Today Firefly sells multiple flavors of moonshine, bourbon ball whiskey, Sea Island rum and more.

The move to North Charleston will increase Firefly’s distillation capabilities in addition to expanding their retail reach. According to the post, “Hiring for the new positions should begin in the first quarter of 2019 with the new facility operational by fall of 2019.”

Newitt is out of the country and unavailable to comment.