Five Liquor Stores Can Sell Beer, Wine

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EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene liquor store is one of five locations across the state that just received approval to sell beer and wine.

This process began early last year. Four stores across the state took part in a pilot program. After reviewing their progress over the last year, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission decided it was time to provide the opportunity to everyone else.

“Oregonians have expressed to us that they are interested in having better access to those three beverage types,” said Christie Scott, OLCC Public Affairs Specialist.

South Eugene Liquor Store off Willamette Street is the first store in Eugene to get approval to sell beer, wine and hard liquor all in one place.

“The feeling of the staff is that we’re pretty excited. We had an expansion set anyway. We already started construction on it regardless of the fact whether or not we got it, but it certainly justifies it more now that we have that non-exclusive status,” said Brendan Birr, South Eugene Liquor Store Manager.

Though the stock change won’t happen until closer to Jan. 1, 2014, customers say they’re looking forward to it.

“I think it’s great. I’m from New Orleans, and so I’m used to having any form of alcohol that I want at CVS, so being able to have it all at one place is pretty good,” said Eugene resident Bruno Vetter.

“It’s for the convenience of the public. They are the consumers. They’re footing the bill, so you might as well make it easy for them,” said Creswell resident Cynthia Knight.

The OLCC says stores will have to apply for a special license to do this. In regards to the potential effect on grocery or like stores, it says such stores are able to apply for stand-alone-liquor shops within their business. No stores have done so yet.

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