Lubbock City Council to consider more alcohol variances - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/6/09

Lubbock City Council to consider more alcohol variances

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Another round of alcohol variances go before the Lubbock City Council this week, but store owners are unsure if the council will approve their requests. This is the 3rd group of variances the City Council will consider.

They approved all United Supermarket locations in the 1st group. Then, when they considered the 2nd group they approved convenience stores near the Texas Tech campus, but did not approve stores within the 300 foot limit of L.I.S.D. campuses. The City Council said they approved United, but not smaller stores because of the amount of staffing the larger supermarkets have.

One Stop owner Jayesh Patel, who is applying for a variance, says it's unfair to allow United to sell alcohol, but not smaller stores. "I'm over 80 feet from my property to school, and Amigos is only 60 feet from school property, so I'm a little bit further ahead than Amigos," he said. 

The City Council will decide whether or not to grant seven variances at their meeting on Thursday.

Stores requesting a variance on Thursday are:

  • CVS Pharmacy 3401 50th, near Monterey H.S.
  • CVS Pharmacy 3801 19th, near Texas Tech
  • Lowe's Grocery 2706 26th, near Wilson Elementary
  • One Stop 301 N. University, near Cavazos M.S.
  • Valero 1414 University, near Texas Tech
  • Valero 3311 Ave Q., near Byron Martin Technology Center
  • Wal-Mart 1911 Marsha Sharp Freeway, near Ramirez Elementary

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