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Lottery to be Held for Two Package Store Licenses in Loganville

The Loganville City Council voted to permit one package store each in the Gwinnett and Walton ends of town.

The Loganville City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to hold separate lotteries for two package stores in town -- one in Gwinnett County and one in Walton County.

Councilman Skip Baliles voted against the measure, arguing that the licenses should be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. But other council members expressed concern about chaotic lines and confusion with people scrambling to be first on the application date.

The story is developing. Patch will update with details.

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Michelle Couch November 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Gee - this sound familiar....LOL
Jamie Dempsey November 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I'm not sure this is a great idea. By having two stores in such close proximity, it doesn't create MORE customers (alcohol drinkers), but only dilutes the number of customers that go to each store, weakening the long-term business viability. Hopefully this won't lead to low-ball selling of the store(s) somewhere down the road, leading to two eventual second-rate stores (selling lotto and cigarettes etc, to maximize profits) instead of one strong, viable niche business, as time goes by.
Michelle Couch November 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
If I recall correctly, it was always reported that there would be two stores - but didn't the Mayor go on record advising or recommending that one of the licenses would go to the individual that funded the petition drive? At any rate - can't wait till the Loganville store/s open!
Sharon Swanepoel November 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Michelle, he really did want that to happen but legally it couldn't, which I think is what Grayson found out too. I believe that this was the best way for them to do it legally!
Jamie Dempsey November 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM
That is my understanding as well- They went from two to one, and now back to two. Any way we look at it, it should be a revenue generator- I only worry that for this market, the competition between two stores will harm BOTH businesses. . .
Michelle Couch November 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Will be interested in the details of the lottery and how that will work. Hopefully, it will be a fair, non-biased method of which two applicants receive a license. Of course, I hope that the individual or business that funded the petition drive wins that lottery.
Chuck Bagley November 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
What is a lottery, a chance to determine if the best or the worst and everything inbetween can be selected. I am afraid this will be like the weekly PowerBall lottery more losers than winners. A great way to be fair and impartial and no one is responsible for making a decision, no one to blame if a buines fails.remeber the Federal Government failed in the operation of a legal busines in Nevada.
Brenda Lee November 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Do we know how many applicants will be participating in the lottery?
Michelle Couch November 29, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Chuck - sometimes many politicians shouldn't be responsible for making a decision...lol Just saying :)
j m davis November 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Didn't I read that the owner of the liquor store in Grayson was hand picked by Grayson council members and the mayor, and the other's in line who were ahead of the now owner were bumped down the list. Because of this action I will shop at the liquor store in Loganville whenever one opens up. Sounds like favoritism to me, but isn't that what government is about. You scratch my back I will scratch yours. Yes, I know the tax paid by the liquor store is allowing the Grayson City Limit citizens free trash pick up. It's all about who you know in government local and large government.
Michelle Couch November 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
@ j m davis, You are essentially correct. The Grayson Council (excluding Mayor) unanimously voted to approve the license for Richard Tucker. There were two other applicants - A Grayson business owner who funded the petition drive and already owned the proposed property, and a couple that owned one liquor store in Madison. According to another Patch article (Suwanee?), Tucker transferred one of his Georgia Package Store Licenses to Wayne Mason - one of his long-time business partners - a few months prior to the Grayson Council vote. Georgia law only allows an individual to hold two package store licenses.

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