>Civic Food Mart Liquor License – TIME FOR ACTION

>Previous posts on this subject: HERE , HERE, and HERE.

Recap: The Civic Food Mart (located HERE) has changed ownership and the new owners have want the OLCC to remove the 4 restrictions from their liquor license.
1) No sale of malt beverages larger than 24 ounces
2) No fortfied wines/malt beverages more than 6% alcohol
3) No glass containers
4) 9:30pm closing time

The OLCC has cited the reduction in crime and alcohol-related mischief since the restrictions were enforced as cause REMOVE the restrictions! The Piedmont Neighborhood Association (PNA) contends that the reason there is reduced crime and alcohol-related problems is directly related to the restrictions!!! Additionally, we’re talking about an establishment 200 feet from a kid’s playground that wants to sell high alcohol beverages in glass containers!

The OLCC will remove the restrictions unless the neighborhood responds by March 1st, 2008

The PNA has officially voiced our opposition to the OLCC removing the restrictions. However, we need you to write a letter, call, or email the OLCC and voice your opinion!

Roseann Cotton
503-872-5220
roseann.cotton@state.or.us
Oregon Liquor Control Commission
PO Box 22297, Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297

Now is the time for action folks. I strongly encourage you to get involved!

Here what the Civic Food Mart has applied for to the OLCC

The applicant has applied for a Wholesale Malt Beverage and Wine license which allows the importation, storage, transportation, wholesale sale and distribution to licensees of the Commission, and the export of wine containing not in excess of 21% alcohol by volume and malt beverages. The license also allows the sale of malt beverages containing not more than 8% alcohol by volume in quantities not less than 5 gallons to any unlicensed organization. The licensee can not sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises.

The applicant has also applied for an Off-Premises Sales license, which allows the licensee to sell factory-sealed containers of malt beverages containing not more than 14% alcohol by volume, wine containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume or cider containing not more than 10% alcohol by volume for consumption off the licensed premises. Legal hours of sale are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The applicant has applied for a Full On-Premises Sales license, which allows the license to sell wine containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume, malt beverages containing not more than 14% alcohol by volume, cider containing not more than 10% alcohol by volume, and distilled liquor by the drink to patrons on the premises. Legal hours of sale are 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. The applicant’s proposed hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days per week.

The applicant has applied for a Limited On-Premises Sales license, which allows the licensee to sell wine containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume, malt beverages containing not more than 14% alcohol by volume, and cider containing not more than 10% alcohol by volume by the drink to patrons on the premises. It allows the sale of malt beverages in kegs holding not less than seven gallons for off-premises consumption. Legal hours of sale are 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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5 Responses to >Civic Food Mart Liquor License – TIME FOR ACTION

  1. Anonymous says:

    >Apparently there was a shooting on that corner last week. Owner of AJ Java Cafe across the street said that bullets hit their walls.

  2. James says:

    >Yes, there was a shooting last week. And although the corner is improved from a few years ago, there are still problems–shootings, flash mobs, etc. And there have been fist fights in the Civic Mart parking lot in the past two years–so, yes, the few restrictions remaining definitely need to stay in place! Mr. Lee has done a better job being a good neighbor than the previous owners did, however who knows how the new owners will be and plus, even under Mr. Lee’s watch, there have been problems–some right in his parking lot. That corner is a recipe for disaster if unrestricted alcohol sales are permitted–four bus stops, a park across the street with a huge hanging out bench right on the corner, an unsupervised parking lot, other businesses that close early (AJ’s, the car wash, and the fenced in car place). I live a block from the Civic Mart and when I first moved in, in 199, longer-term residents refered to it as the Murder Mart due to the fights and shootings at that corner. I’m worried that lifting the few remaining restrictions will be a step backward for that corner of our neighborhood and for the park.-James

  3. brian says:

    >Some neighbors were questioning who the new owners might be and of what character.With this unknown ownership of unknown character, perhaps we should request/insist upon the return of all the original restrictions into place, and of allowing the new owners to earn the right to lift them through performance, just as Mr Lee did.I’m in favor of that.

  4. Steven says:

    >That store is a blight in our neighborhood. I have shopped there once in the past 5 years but have to drive by that eyesore every other day. I don’t intend on giving them any of my money.

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