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Liquor board objects to new store at Stone House Square

February 21, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Washington County liquor officials have denied the request of a Frederick, Md., couple to open an upscale liquor store in the Stone House Square shopping center on Md. 60.

In a letter that was drafted Friday, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County said they denied the request because the applicants, Hiren and Shaila Shingala failed to prove during a Feb. 6 hearing that the liquor store was needed.

The Shingalas have 30 days to appeal the decision.

On Feb. 6, the Shingalas, who are husband and wife, went before the liquor board and said they planned to open a 3,700-square-foot liquor store that would feature premium wines. Several Washington County liquor store owners opposed the Shingalas' request.

The opponents said Washington County had too many liquor stores, and another one would saturate the market further.

Michael Folk, co-owner of Long Meadow Liquors at 1509 Potomac Ave., said at the hearing that his business and Bacchus Liquors, at 906 Antietam Drive, were within a half-mile of the Shangalas' proposed store.

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The Shingalas said additional competition would be healthy for business.

In addition to opposition from the people who attended the hearing, Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, presented a letter of opinion from the Washington County Restaurant & Beverage Association that said the neighborhood near the shopping center didn't need another liquor store.

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