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January 12, 2013

Mayor miffed over liquor licenses

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Somerset —

That said, Girdler isn’t convinced that five liquor retailers is as many as Somerset — with a population of just over 11,000 as of the 2010 census but the seat and commercial hub of a county of more than 63,000, and even for surrounding counties — can reasonably support.
“I think we can handle three or four more (stores that sell liquor),” said Girdler, “and let the private market determine who will provide the best service.”
Girdler said that the city will be “pursuing measures” to see if the state would be willing to allow for additional liquor retailers, such as the bigger stores mentioned above, “and if not, we will take whatever actions are necessary to make sure our economic growth is considered.”

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