Farmington Changes Its Mind About Liquor Stores

Farmington Changes Its Mind About Liquor Stores

Farmington — which more than a year in the past refused to let a state-owned liquor retailer be constructed inside its borders — has modified its thoughts.

City leaders lately despatched a letter to the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control saying now “it was supportive” of a retail web site, Executive Director Sal Petilos informed a legislative committee Tuesday. The two entities had been anticipated to fulfill later to debate the small print.

Inside a day, Petilos informed the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, “we should always be capable of transferring ahead with the undertaking.”

It’s merely one in all several surprising plot twists the DABC has encountered because it tries to build new liquor stores to meet the growing demand. But the company typically hits a wall in conservative Utah communities that don’t need liquor gross sales of their cities.

The Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness is constructing a brand new useful resource middle, which is able to home about 300 males, a few miles east of the Redwood Road retailer, and advocates have been involved concerning the proximity, Petilos stated last week throughout in an interview on The Salt Lake Tribune-FOX 13 Utah “Booze News” podcast.

Advocates had talked to lawmakers, who in flip accredited $7 million for the alternative retailer.

It’s not the first time that Utah’s homeless have affected a state-owned liquor retailer. In 2017, then-Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams requested the DABC to relocate the liquor store at 205 W. 400 South in Salt Lake City to assist reduce prison exercise among the many homeless within the space close to Pioneer Park.

Within the south valley, the company is predicted to open a brand new retailer in late August or September in a development space at 11800 South and Mountain View Corridor in Herriman. The undertaking got here collectively rapidly, Petilos advised lawmakers, as a result of the DABC was “capable of finding land virtually instantly,” and “town was pleased to have us within the municipality.”

The alternative had been right for the Farmington retailer.