Lubbock stores begin stocking alcohol Wednesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/09

Lubbock stores begin stocking alcohol Wednesday

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Local alcohol distributors were busy Wednesday stocking store shelves. That's after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved licenses and permits for 86 businesses in Lubbock County.

One of the first locations to receive alcohol was the 7-Eleven at 82nd Street and University Avenue. Stores were able to get their letter of authorization Wednesday morning, starting at 8:30 a.m.  That allowed them to start buying and selling alcohol immediately.  7-Eleven received their first delivery just after 9:00 a.m.

It was the first 7-Eleven to receive alcohol. Ryan Suttles with the chain tells NewsChannel 11 their goal is to stock all 21 locations Wednesday.  "We'd like to think so, but again, it's more of a matter of getting delivery and our people organize. At the end of the day that's what the voters of this community wanted, so we're happy to serve the public. That's what we get paid to do," Suttles said. 

NewsChannel 11 also received an update from Eddie Owens from United Supermarkets late Wednesday morning. He says it looks like some of their locations will receive deliveries Wednesday afternoon, including some wine delivery.

With 86 locations in Lubbock County approved, it will take a few days to fully stock every location, but right now distributors are working to stock store shelves inside the city limits for the first time in Lubbock's history.

Stay with NewsChannel 11 for the latest updates.  We'll show you just how busy distributors are tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 5, 6, and 10.

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