Packaged alcohol on store shelves, happy customers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/09

Packaged alcohol on store shelves, happy customers

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People are buying packaged alcohol inside city limits for the first time in Lubbock history. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued 86 licenses and permits for stores across the city Wednesday and many wasted no time stocking their shelves.

Beer and wine on store shelves served as proof for people shopping Wednesday. It has taken months for customers to see this day. First, putting the issue on the ballot, then the zoning lawsuit against the city and the most recent delay is the TABC protests.

Stores like Market Street at 50th and Indiana are working to stock shelves with beer and wine but say each distributor is on different schedules so it may be a few days before shelves look full. One of the first stores to receive packaged alcohol was the United at 50th and Q. Shopper Guy Andrews says it's about time and picked up a six pack before the beer made it to the shelf. "It's about time. I'm not a big drinker but it is good to have one every once in a while," says Andrews.

Another shopper out Wednesday who fought for alcohol inside city limits during the May alcohol campaign representing Lubbock County Wins was Melissa Pierce. Pierce proudly held her receipt for the beer she purchased and says she's waited for this day. "We've been working for this for over a year and to be able to buy your hamburger meat and your beer at the same time is exciting," says Pierce.

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9/23/09

Beer Distributors very busy Wednesday Video included

Before customers could begin buying alcohol on Wednesday, distributors had to stock the shelves. After TABC permits were approved, distributors began delivering.  NewsChannel 11's Katie Bauer has the story.

 

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