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9/11/09

Lubbock stores one step closer to selling alcohol

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's been more than four months since the May Election when Lubbock County voted overwhelmingly to go wet.

On Friday, 7-Eleven and other local stores say there is finally an end in sight. "If this is a 20 step process, we are probably at 15 or 16," said Lubbock Market Manager for 7-Eleven Ryan Suttles.

Suttles says his permits have been turned over to TABC and now it's just a waiting game. "Depending on the time table of quickly or how non quickly they process at the state TABC office, we are kind of at their mercy at this point but I can certainly see a light at the end of the tunnel as the old saying goes," he said. 

7-Eleven will be able to sell alcohol in 21 of their 22 Lubbock stores. The city council denied the variance request for their store on Parkway Drive and Zenith near Alderson Middle School. "We are certainly disappointed but we fully respect the vote of city hall and that of the Lubbock Independent School District," said Suttles.  

Once TABC threw out the protests, the permit requests found their way to County Judge Tom Head's desk for a signature. "It's just a matter of taking the time for me to go through the paperwork, make sure everyone of them is done correctly I sign them and give it back to them," said Head.  

TABC tells us more than 90 license and permit applications from Lubbock County are in their hands for final approval, and saying that Suttles is ready would be an understatement. "Depending on the time of day that they notify us that we have a permanent permit, we'll probably have the facility stocked within an hour or so of being notified at least that's my plan," said Suttles.  

There is no way to know for sure but right now the estimated time 7-Eleven's will have alcohol in their stores is between October 1st and the 15th.

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