Commonwealth Journal

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January 5, 2013

Package store licenses still on hold


Somerset —

That time would have been “some time before Christmas,” he said, but like those business owners hoping to sell spirits and customers hoping to buy it, Bradley is still waiting on Kentucky’s ABC headquarters to give the green light.

“I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “Obviously, there’s a lot that has to be done before (word from the state) gets to us.”

It’s pretty much only the liquor stores — of which Bradley said there were “14 or 15” current applicants — that Somerset is waiting on, as the other types of businesses that have filed for alcohol licenses have gotten what they need to proceed.

Likewise, there’s likely to be little new competition join the liquor store quota fray. More or less, the applicants Somerset already has are the ones they’re going to be choosing from.

“There’s still some people calling in interested in some things,” said Bradley. “The majority of people who call in (about obtaining licenses), you don’t see a lot out of it. We’re constantly answering questions about the process, but very few pan out so far. They may in the future but they definitely have a lot of work to do.”

Once they get the license from the state, prospective liquor store owners would then have to obtain the necessary documentation from the city, including building permits, certificates of occupancy, “that sort of thing,” noted Bradley. That would delay the process of opening the store for a period of time even after Kentucky ABC makes a decision.

“I assume that both those that receive a license and those that don’t would be notified by a letter from the state saying that they have or have not been selected,” said Bradley. “At that point, construction or inside retrofits or whatever they need to have done (to accommodate an alcohol stock) would start.”

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