State closes liquor store for 3 days
Shuttered windows and doors at Andy’s Liquor Mart turned away some folks who stopped to buy booze Friday during the long holiday weekend.
The store at 922 N. First St. reopens Monday, owner Darlene Stoner said, after a mandatory, three-day closure enforced by the state for a liquor-code violation. Andy’s was cited in June for selling alcohol to a minor during an undercover sting conducted by state law enforcement.
Stoner said the state required the store to close for three days starting on a Friday, because that was the same day the store received the violation.
“They’ve gotten really strict here recently,” she said.
The store’s closure comes a year after the store received its first violation and a $5,000 fine.
Stoner said the store employees usually card everyone who buys alcohol.
However, the employee who was cited with the violation thought the undercover minor was older than 21 after seeing him previously drinking alcohol at a local bar, Stoner said.
Stoner said she was pleased to stay open during the days before Thanksgiving, when business usually is brisk.
Local liquor stores report robust sales prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, but sales generally level off through the week’s end.
Signs of a heightened awareness about establishments selling to alcohol to minors are apparent around town in the wake of a recent undercover sting by law enforcement that netted 14 businesses.
Andy’s was not cited in that operation.