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Washington County liquor board briefs

September 14, 2011

Liquor store near HCC opposed

Nearly a dozen people opposed a new liquor store proposed for Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown Community College during a hearing Wednesday before the Washington County liquor board.

Sandy Abreau and Heriberto Hernandez were at the hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County to seek a license to open D’Element Liquors at 11359 Robinwood Drive.

Eleven people, some of whom were owners of existing liquor stores, spoke against the proposal.

John Temple, owner of C&R Liquors at 1304 Dual Highway, said he opposed the application.

“Another liquor license within a mile and a half of my store will be detrimental to my business and employees,” Temple said.

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Brenda Sowers told the liquor board that she lives on Kieffer Funk Road near the proposed liquor store.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of need for another place to get alcohol,” Sowers said. “There’s already plenty there.”

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the three-member board would consider the comments and make a decision whether to grant the license within 30 days.

Liquor license sought for former restaurant

A Hagerstown man told Washington County liquor officials during a a hearing Wednesday that he was interested in opening a liquor store at the former Black Steer restaurant at 18203 Mason Dixon Road.

William Cody told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he heard the property was going into foreclosure and was thinking about buying it.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, told Cody that the application fee was $300. Everhart said the liquor board couldn’t guarantee that the application would be approved.

— By Dan Dearth

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