GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Voters in several cities across North Texas will be deciding whether or not to allow liquor stores to set up shop in their towns. This is a key issue on the ballots in Grapevine, Watauga, Haltom City and Hurst on Tuesday.
Grapevine is already known as The Wine Capital of Texas, but opponents have said that liquor stores would threaten the city’s charm. Supporters have argued that the liquor stores would bring jobs, revenue and convenience to the city’s people.
According to Mayor William D. Tate — who is against liquor stores in his city — the petition that landed the proposition on the ballot was not initiated by voters, but rather the Maryland company Total Wine & More. The retailer aims to open a new store in an area close to major highways, not in Grapevine’s downtown.
Currently, residents in Grapevine must drive to neighboring cities like Colleyville to buy hard liquor.
“Grapevine is booming,” said resident Rick Starkweather. “With all the business, the Gaylord, it’s becoming a vacation spot, so I think it would benefit the city.”
“I think it’ll help the economy out around here, and get more business around here,” said voter Tim Pierce.
“It would take away from my fellow merchants, wine tasting rooms, what brings people to this area, as well as the shops,” said business owner Kathy Diamond.
“I think it’ll affect property values,” said voter Linda Miars. “I’m concerned about the general atmosphere of the community.”
The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. across North Texas on Tuesday.