A public hearing about a Duxbury convenience store gaining an alcohol license was continued Friday morning.
There are currently three stores in the Hall’s Corner section of Duxbury that sell alcohol— Hall’s Corner Store submitted a request to Selectmen in hopes of being the fourth. But other store owners in the neighborhood fear that approval of the license will hurt their business.
Joe Carroll owns Duxbury Wine and Spirits which is across the street from Hall’s Corner Store and he fought back against a statement made during the hearing by Selectman Shawn Dahlen who said it’s up to the free enterprise system to regulate density. “It’s not totally under the laws of free enterprise because it’s a controlled substance, it’s licensed. So therefore, there are some stipulations that apply to this licensing procedure that don’t apply to anyone that wants to open up a deli or a food store so it is a different situation,” said Carroll during the hearing
But despite objection by other store owners, Duxbury Selectman approved an alcohol license for Hall’s Corner Store. The owners of Hall’s Corner Store originally applied for an all-alcohol license but none are available so Selectmen granted the store a wine and malt license.
“They had their mind made all already. I don’t agree with the concept of what they’re doing and that’s that. Apparently there’s nothing I can do about it. If I can, I’ll try to appeal it,” said Carroll