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Washington County liquor board denies liquor store application

July 18, 2012

Washington County liquor officials denied the application for a proposed liquor store in the West End of Hagerstown, taking into account the testimony of seven people who said during a Wednesday hearing they believed the area already had an adequate number of alcohol retailers.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, voted 3-0 to deny an application submitted by Siddharth Patel to open the liquor store at 17624 Garland Groh Blvd.

The Patel family argued that a new liquor store would not saturate the area because close to 1,000 houses were in the process of being built near the proposed business.

A vast majority of the people who testified against the application were liquor store owners.

“I don’t really see the need,” said Lou Thomas, president of The Yellow House liquor store near Boonsboro and president of the Washington County Restaurant & Beverage Association.

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Charles Mades, liquor board treasurer, said the liquor board agreed the area had enough liquor stores. He said he doubted whether 1,000 houses would be built near the proposed liquor store as fast as the Patels claimed.

“I don’t know, with the economy, that’s going to happen,” Mades said.

— Dan Dearth

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