In Plymouth, Selectmen will again take up the matter of allowing the transfer of a liquor license from Village Vineyards to Walmart at Colony Place. The big box company wants to open a small area for liquor sales within their store—and the price they’re willing to pay for the license is $800,000. Peter Balboni owns Pioppi’s Liquor store, which was established by his grandfather 80 years ago. He’s one of a group of area liquor store owners who object to the transfer on several counts –not the least of which is that in 2006 the town voted 2 to 1 against Question 1 that would have allowed big-box stores the right to sell alcohol. Also, he says the price tag is troubling: “Unfortunately, this will set a precedent going forward that this is going to be the going price for licenses. So it’s not going to allow a lot of people to get into the liquor business unless you’re a large corporate giant.” One of the criteria in granting a liquor license is public need: “And that’s based on the census report done every ten years; and we, currently in Plymouth, are four licenses over the recommended limit.” Originally, Selectmen declined to grant Village Vineyards a license but the ABCC overruled it. At last week’s meeting, Selectmen postponed the matter to tonight in order to review that history. They meet at Plymouth Town Hall at 7:00 p.m..
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