Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Liquor Store Applicants Appeal Rejections
Two businesses, which want to sell package liquor in Cookeville, will appeal their rejected applications to the city council Thursday night. Earlier this month, the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board refused to issue a Certificate of Compliance to Cookeville Liquor & Wine Company, which has plans to open a store at 1066 South Willow Avenue. They also rejected the request of Jefferson Wine & Liquor for a Certificate to open a store at 620 South Jefferson Avenue. City attorney Dan Rader said the certificates had to be rejected because the applicants had not properly completed all of the required paperwork. But he says if the paperwork is in order by Thursday night, the city council can consider the issue of whether certificates should be issued. Those certificates are just the first step in the process for those who want to sell package liquor in Cookeville. They must also gain approval from the state to open their businesses. Three pending applications have already received local certification -- meaning that they meet the requirements set out by city ordinances. They must still obtain a license from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.