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April 2, 2013

Could county go wet too?


Somerset —

Lockard said that he has “been in contact with lawyers that gave us the information we needed on that petition drive,” and have “updated it closely and found the right way to go on it,” as far as getting the statutory details down pat. 
Lockard declined to say exactly how many stores he had contacted about hosting the petition, but said that the number would be “20 or better.” He said that he hopes to have the drive wrapped up “very soon” — the end of April would be “within the ballpark” — and that he’s optimistic about getting the signatures he needs.
“Yes sir, I do think small rural areas like Nancy, Science Hill, places like that (could benefit from beer sales in stores),” said Lockard. “I think their business will pick up drastically if they could get the license to sell like in the city.”
Hampton, whose relatives own liquor stores north of Pulaski County, said those family businesses which once catered to Pulaski County customers have lost a lot of their core business since beer sales were legalized here. Within the last week, two liquor stores have opened with more coming soon, so it is yet too early to measure their effect on alcoholic beverage sales in cities like Richmond where Pulaski County alcohol beverage consumers traditionally shopped. 
However, Morgan Wesley, owner of Liquor World in Richmond, told the Commonwealth Journal that he expects his business to be adversely affected. (Wesley had hoped to be licensed for a large liquor store next to Big Lots in north Somerset, however his business was not among the six initially granted licenses by the state Alcohol Beverage Control Agency.)

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