|Updated: 7/19/2012 10:39 pm
||Published: 7/19/2012 8:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A food store is planned for a vacant property at Arch and Roosevelt Streets in Little Rock.
In addition to milk and cookies, managers would also sell beer and wine.
Kathy Wells went to Thursday nights planning commission meeting to protest the store's application.
"We don't think that store needs to have a beer permit to be a nice addition to the neighborhood," said Wells.
The planning department recommended denying the application, saying there are already four liquor stores within 1500 feet.
"The bottom line is we have got too many alcohol outlets in our part of town now. We've got too many families suffering the ill-effects of alcohol," said Wells.
Commissioners went back and forth over the issue before making a final decision. Despite the city's recommendation, the planning commission decided to approve the measure
However, opponents do have the opportunity to appeal. The attorney representing the property owner says it is important for managers to sell beer.
"It's certainly not going to be the main revenue producer. But it is a key factor in deciding whether or not a store owner can go in there and feasibly operate," said Geoff Treece.
As for the claim selling liquor here would have a negative impact on the community, Treece says that's something his client would not have any control over.