Lubbock stores ready to sell alcohol - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/11/09

Lubbock stores ready to sell alcohol

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Saturday 65% of Lubbock County residents voted in favor of the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off premise consumption.

Now that Lubbock County is officially wet, some grocery and convenience stores couldn't be more ready to revamp their Lubbock locations.

"I personally thought it was going to be far closer if not potentially fail but clearly the voters spoke and they spoke openly and honestly about what their preference is and we are very pleased with the outcome," said 7-Eleven Market Manager Ryan Suttles. 

Suttles says selling beer and wine in his 22 stores could only be a positive. "In our industry, a typical facility, 1/3 of their total sales revenue is going to come out of the beer category. So for simply mathematics if a company is presently doing a $100,000 a month we would anticipate roughly $130,000 a month and that's huge for us and it's very positive," said Suttles. 

There are nine United Supermarkets in Lubbock and Spokesman Eddie Owens says he hopes to get permits from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for all of them.

He says three of those stores would need special permission because they are within 300 feet of a church, school, or public hospital. "We will have to get some variances from the school district on three of our stores and that will be another part of our process that we will have to work through," said Owens. 

But both chains are taking safety precautions, by requiring their employees to get certified by the TABC. "That is not mandatory that is something we are doing on our own," said Owens.   

"We're going to institute 100% of alcoholic purchases will require photo identification," said Suttles. 

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