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GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – On Tuesday, November 8, voters in Grapevine will decide whether to welcome liquor stores to the city.
Proposition 1 is top of mind in historic downtown.
“We want to be like Mayberry and I don’t think you saw liquor stores in Mayberry,” jokes Kathy Diamond, a business owner.
She has a sign in her window urging people to vote “no.”
“It would take away from my fellow merchants, wine tasting rooms, what brings people to this area as well as the shops,” said Diamond.
Mayor William D. Tate said the petition that got the proposition on the ballot wasn’t initiated by voters, but Maryland-based Total Wine & More, a retailer which wants to open a store in Grapevine.
“It’s a threat to us. It’s a threat to our family-friendly community, our way of life, our brand,” said Mayor Tate.
Total Wine & More tells CBS 11, it does not have its eye on downtown Grapevine, but rather an area close to major highways.
“Total Wine & More has found excellent retail space on the outskirts of Grapevine, not downtown as some have surmised, and looks forward to providing customers an outstanding shopping experience,” said Ed Cooper, Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations.
Cooper adds that a store in Grapevine would support hundreds of new jobs, and result in added revenue from sales tax, to the city.
“Grapevine is booming,” said resident Rick Starkweather who supports Proposition 1. “With all the business… it’s becoming a vacation spot so I think it would benefit the city.”
Convenience is also a plus to supporters. Right now, Grapevine residents have to drive to neighboring cities like Colleyville to buy hard liquor.
Mayor Tate said he’s not concerned about one liquor store. He’s concerned about several, and their proximity to schools and churches.
“It wouldn’t just be Total Wine coming in. That’s the argument they’re making, ‘You get a nice store,’ but there are liable to be 15 or 20 package stores. We have eight highways, they could be scattered all over the community,” said Tate.
“There will not be a liquor store on every corner. State law allows cities to adopt an ordinance that prohibits alcohol sales within 300 feet of a school, church or daycare,” said Cooper.
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