What would you say if I told you that before too long, you might be able to get your gas and beer in one stop? I’m not sure what you think but, as a beer guy, I’m a fan of the concept.
The Northwest Arkansas Times is reporting that four E-Z Mart stores have applied for a retail beer permit that would allow them to sell beer in their store. Currently, there are no convenience stores in the Fayetteville that sell beer or liquor and the four E-Z Marts, if issued the permit, will be the first.
Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor opposes granting the stores a permit for “a host of reasons.” Tabor’s chief concern is that the stores might not be as careful about checking id’s as a liquor store would be because it’s not their main source of income, merely a small part of their overall revenue. He feels that if they lost their license, it wouldn’t be a huge detriment to the store and therefore the checking of id’s might be relatively lax when compared to liquor stores who would go out of business if they lost their license.
Tabor makes some good points but, all-in-all, I doubt it will be enough to prevent the stores from obtaining their permit. I’ve been wrong (on rare occasions) in the past, though.
According to the article, ABC Division Director Michael Langley rejects most retail beer permits in cases when a local police chief takes a stance against the permit. When this happens, the permits are sent to the ABC board for approval.
Throughout the 80′s and 90′s, the city of Fayetteville had an ordinance that banned convenience and grocery stores from carrying and selling beer. The ordinance was later repealed because the attorney general believed that the city could not pass such a law.
No word as to when we expect the verdict from the ABC Division Director, but I hope sure that it comes to pass. It certainly would be nice to fill up my gas tank and my cooler in one stop.[Via NWA Times]