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New liquor store get license
By Carole McWillams
Ignacio town trustees have approved a license for a new liquor store in town, over objections of other liquor store owners and one member of the public.
Trustees held a hearing on Sept. 10 on a liquor license for Wells Liquor South. The other store is in Bayfield. This one would be part of the building the McClanahan family plans to build just south of the Shur Valu, where the Economy Store burned.
Family member Cindy Swanemyr told trustees they need at least one firm occupancy commitment to get a bank loan to build. So far the liquor store is the only commitment. Other business people have expressed interest, but nothing beyond that.
“We don’t need another liquor store in town,” Main Liquor owner Tom Quick said. “We need a pharmacy.”
Chris Cushing from Pinon Liquors said, “I can empathize with the town in wanting to fill that spot. He said a pharmacy (Rite-Aid) would be better than another liquor outlet, with two liquor stores and two bars in town.
“The (liquor) market is already covered,” he said. “It seems like overkill, although I’d like to see a nice building in that area.”
Swanemyr repeated that the liquor applicants, Brook and Ezra Lee, are the only ones willing to sign a lease now. The liquor store will occupy 3,000 square feet in the new building, and there will be another 3,500 square feet for other users, she said.
A pharmacy could be one of the other users, she said. The Shur Valu won’t be expanding.
The building is in the design phase, contractor Gabe Candelaria said. It will be a separate building from the Shur Valu, “but we would like to be able to eventually connect them,” he said. “We need to get some financial commitment before we go through the review process,” he added.
He estimated two or three months to nail down financing, with construction starting in the spring and six to seven months for completion.
The only other public comment was a letter from Garnet Cuthair Olguin. She opposed the license because of all the alcohol problems among Native Americans. She cited the existing liquor stores, bars, and restaurants that serve alcohol. She cited deaths in alcohol-related car crashes, deaths from cirrhosis of the liver, and domestic abuse related to alcohol.
Trustee Cecilia Robbins questioned the need for another liquor store. “I really don’t want to see another liquor store in town. I wish it wasn’t a liquor store that we are contemplating. I agree with Mrs. Olguin. I see the devastation every day. But there are no rules saying you can only have this many (liquor stores).”
Trustee Marie Zeller agreed with Robbins about the need but said, “But it’s progress. It will help the town with revenue. I wish it wasn’t a liquor store.”
Trustee Lawrence Bartley had no problem with it. “This is an opportunity for expansion in town, and I won’t stand in the way of that.”
Mayor George Whitt commented, “They have met all the qualifications, and it would be wrong to stop people in an enterprise that they could make a living at.”
Despite their concerns, Robbins and Zeller joined Bartley, Whitt, and Linda Moore in voting for the new license.
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