“We’re going forward,” said Johnson, who’s store will be located in the Somerset Mall. “We’re very close to being able to put in inventory. We’re just hoping that by the time we’re ready to open the doors, we’ll be able to get all the appropriate permits and licenses.”
Johnson said that she’s kept in contact with Somerset ABC Administrator Nick Bradley, and has kept him updated on the store’s progress. She has not been given a firm timetable yet on when to expect a resolution to the dispute between the city and state, but does know the city hopes to have good news for applicants by March.
Apple Wine and Spirits has acquired much of the needed equipment and infrastructure, including a Point of Sale system, security system, and employees in place.
“At this point, the city isn’t slowing us down on putting on the stops,” said Johnson. “Once they give us the licenses, the city will do their final inspection. Nobody has got a license right now as far as a retail liquor store.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to open our doors and start bringing in revenue for the city and business,” she added.