Alcohol sales could begin this week

Local Walmart stores and EZ Marts are among businesses which applied for permits to sell beer and wine

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Benton County residents will be able to purchase retail alcohol this week for the first time since World War II. The board of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is set to consider beer and wine sales at 49 grocery and convenience stores today, just more than two months after residents voted the county wet Nov. 6. Businesses that submitted applications to the division by Dec. 16 will be included on today’s agenda. Those businesses include E-Z Mart stores, Kum & Go, Casey’s General Store and Walmart, according to division weekly reports. The new permits apply to beer and wine sales only and not hard liquor. Liquor store permits will be considered in the spring and summer. The board generally only discusses applications that have garnered opposition or had issues during inspection, said Michael Langley, director of administration for Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

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