Lubbock City Council votes 5-2 on variances for alcohol sales - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/10/09

Lubbock City Council votes 5-2 on variances for alcohol sales

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two more convenience stores will not be able to sell alcohol in Lubbock.

Thursday morning City Council considered seven variances to allow stores within 300 feet of LISD and Texas Tech University to sell alcohol. Five of the variances passed, with three council voted to accept the permits

The Valero at 3311 Avenue Q and the One Stop located at 301 North University Avenue are the two locations that were denied.

Mayor Tom Martin and council members Todd Klein and Jim Gilbreath were the three members voting to accept the permits to rejecting these two locations. They say it had to deal with LISD recommendations. "I think LISD issued a very clear and coherent statement on how they want us to apply the variances and those convenient stores in keeping with LISD's requests, and those two convenient stores just didn't pass muster with me," said council member Klein.

Martin and Gilbreath said they voted against two locations for the same reasons.

However some council members, whether they were for or against the variances, expressed you were either all the way for the variances or against them, and that there shouldn't be any picking or choosing between the locations. "Here we are allowing a variance for a convenience store next to Texas Tech, and now another convenience store next to another learning institution is turned down. I just can't do it, I have to do what's right," said council member Floyd Price who voted for the variances across the board.

The One Stop convenience store and Valero wouldn't comment on the council's decision.

The five variances passed were two CVS Pharmacies at 3401 50th Street and 3801 19th Street, Wal-Mart at 1911 Marsha Sharp Freeway, Lowe's at 2706 26th Street and Valero Corner Store at 1415 University Avenue.

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