LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 broke the story last week that you can expect delays before stores can stock their shelves with alcohol inside city limits. Business owners jumped one hurdle Monday only to face another.
The lawsuit that Majestic Liquor Stores and Pinkie's filed before the May 9th alcohol election was dismissed Monday morning which lifted the restraining order against the city allowing planners to sign off on zoning permits.
Nearly 100 businesses ranging in size from United stores to 7-Eleven, and other small convenience stores across the city, requested permits. City staffers say already multiple inspections have taken place around the city. "Our goal was to have it so that, on this day, we could start signing off on permits and we were not the hold up if there were any problems," says City Senior Planner Bill Boon.
Once the city issues the certificates, it's up to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to grant an alcohol permit, but TABC received two protests against the sale of alcohol in the city of Lubbock.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with TABC spokesperson Carolyn Beck and asked her what this protest means for those businesses that have applied for permits. "The answer is once they get their application sent off from the city and county and bring it to TABC there is going to be a delay," says Beck, "I have no idea how much of a delay but the protest that has been filed will cause a delay."
At this time we don't know who exactly filed the protest or the details. An open records request to TABC for copies of the protest has been sent. Coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 10, we'll break down how TABC handles protests and what it could mean for you.
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Possible delay in alcohol sales
New complaints could mean new delays for stores who want to sell alcohol in Lubbock. These complaints come just before Lubbock businesses can start applying for alcohol permits on Monday.