Dollar General Stores want beer-sale permits

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lewisburg's Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Friday issued two permits for the sale of beer, and discussion revealed a Tennessee retailer's plan for its other stores.

Representing the Dollar General Corp. of Goodlettsville was Bendrick Cade for the company's store on Mooresville Road where Roger Ellis Webb of West End Avenue is the manager.

"This is the beginning of the process," Cade told three Lewisburg officials at the meeting in City Hall.

Permits to sell beer for carry out have been obtained for the stores in Cornersville and Shelbyville, he said. Cade was scheduled to meet with a Metropolitan Lynchburg-Moore County panel at 8 a.m. Saturday to get a permit for the store there.

Dollar General Corp. sought a permit for its store in Chapel Hill, but the Beer Board there said no because it's next to a church. There's no law against selling beer next to a church there, but Monday the town's Board of Mayor and Aldermen was scheduled to vote on a proposed ordinance that would impose that restriction. Dollar General's representative at Chapel Hill's most recent Beer Board meeting "understood" the board's concern, town administrator Mike Hatten said.

"All employees take computer-based training" on beer sale laws, Cade told Lewisburg's ABC, a panel that serves as a beer board.

The state issues liquor sale permits.

The city's Alcoholic Beverage Commission also granted a permit to sell beer to Alvaro Jimenez and Evangelina Molina, both of Columbia, for on-premises and off-premises consumption for La Superior Carniceria.

Maria Jimenez is listed as another manager for the store.

The beer permit application form asks if there's a relationship between the applicant and the previous sale permit holder. The form examined by the board lists Alejandro Villalobos Alejo of Las Vegas in that part of the form.

Beer permit application fees cost $500 each. Renewals are $100.

Members of the ABC noted that the business at 313 E. Commerce St. had changed hands about "three to four times" in recent years.

City Councilman Robin Minor is on the ABC. He attended Friday with Chairman John Lambert. ABC Commissioner Trig Cathey was absent.