City Council approves alcohol variance for United Supermarkets - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/09

City Council approves alcohol variance for United Supermarkets

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four of the five businesses that applied for an alcohol variance were approved in Thursday morning's Lubbock City Council meeting.

United Supermarkets will now be able to sell alcohol at all of their locations, pending the outcome from a protest from two Lubbock citizens. The fifth location that applied for a variance located at 119 North University was denied 7-0 because it was not an established business.

The United Supermarket locations that applied for a variance and were approved are 2630 Parkway Drive, 3405 50th Street, 112 North University, and 5001 Marsha Sharp Freeway.

The Council members that voted for the variance were:

  • Mayor Tom Martin
  • Councilman Jim Gilbreath
  • Council-woman Linda Deleon
  • Councilman Floyd Price

Council members that voted against:

  • Councilman Paul R. Beane 
  • Councilman John Leonard

Council member that did not vote:

  • Councilman Todd Klein opted out of the vote because of a conflict of interest.

Eddie Owens, with United Supermarkets, says all checkers at United stores, which accounted for four of the five stores that applied for variances, will receive certification from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The United stores already set up their floors to sell alcohol once they get the go ahead.

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