Package store applications due vote
Jefferson City Council will consider four applications for retail package store certificates of compliance when they meet next Monday.
Application for a certificate is the first step toward seeking a state retail liquor license. Jefferson City voters approved package stores during a referendum last November, and council recently passed a resolution restricting them to the B-3 (highway business) zone, which includes only Broadway and Highway 92.
Three of the prospective license-holders indicate they would operate on Broadway, while a fourth would open a store on Highway 92. The following businesses have submitted applications that will be considered at next Monday’s 7 p.m. meeting:
• Jefferson City Store, LLC, 625 East Broadway Blvd., owned by Mitulkumar K. and Rinkeshkumar J. Patel, both of Morristown.
• Miller’s Package Store, 476 East Broadway Blvd., owned by Roger Miller of Jefferson City.
• South End Wine and Spirits, 921C North Highway 92, owned by John and Shelia Wiggins of New Market.For more hot-sale information about Candle Stick Series Glassware,Hot sale Candle Stick Series Glassware you can search our official website www.dgglassware.com and buy Candle Stick Series Glassware.
• Mossy Creek Wines and Spirits, 110 West Broadway Blvd., owned by Russell Turner of Jefferson City and Julie L. Greene of New Market.
The applications, including background checks, will be reviewed by the town’s police chief and city attorney before being submitted to council for consideration. Successful applicants may then apply to the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a retail license. Application for a retail license is much more involved than the certificate of compliance process, Mayor Mark Potts reported to council.
The town’s new ordinance governing retail package sales does not have a limit on the number of stores.
Sixty-two percent (734) of Jefferson City voters supported liquor-by-the-drink in the November 4 referendum last year, while 64 percent (762) favored package store sales. Voters in Dandridge and White Pine also approved liquor-by-the-drink, but these towns did not hold referendums on package stores.
Voter approval of liquor sales inside local municipalities opened Sunday beer sales not just in the affected towns, but also in the county. Sunday beer sales are now authorized county-wide, beginning at 10 a.m.
Jefferson City will receive additional revenue from retail liquor sales (an eight percent tax, plus sales tax) and the three towns will also benefit financially from liquor-by-the-drink (a 15 percent tax, half of which goes to local schools).
Last year’s vote not only clears the way for liquor sales, but also sets up a likely referendum on wine in grocery stores for November 2016. Public relations campaigns mounted by grocery chains touted the liquor referendums as the prerequisite for wine sales, thanks to a compromise in the Tennessee State Legislature
The compromise allows liquor stores to sell items that were previously forbidden, such as mixers, glassware, and t-shirts.
Package stores can also now sell beer.