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Stores plan to open as liquor ban lifts

Stores plan to open as liquor ban lifts

Stores plan to open as liquor ban lifts
February 12
00:05 2015

Paul Wedding / Senior Staff Writer

Liquor may be quicker, but UNT students will have to wait a little longer before they can buy it in Denton.

Denton residents voted to allow the sale of liquor in Denton back in November. After the change went into effect on Jan. 1, numerous companies have applied to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to open up shop in town.

Kamal Anwar, owner of Shax’s Liquor in Lake Dallas, said that he plans to have a Shax’s Liquor open in Denton by the first week of March.

Shax’s is just one of 16 companies that applied to open a liquor store in Denton, Anwar said.

Shax’s currently gets many college students who come to their store, but that could soon change now that more stores are planned to come to Denton.

“They will not come here, so we have to come there,” Anwar said.

Provided the application is approved, the store will open at 1776 Teasley Lane. The only other known stores that applied are The Liquor Outpost at 1010 W. University Drive and Imperial Ale and Spirit at 717 S. Interstate-35E.

TABC application approval usually takes between 60 to 90 days, as well as getting the approval of the city for the business’ certificate of occupancy.

UNT Police Department public relations officer John DeLong said that the police force will not change any of its operating procedures due to the liquor ban being lifted.

Officer Orlando Hinojosa said  the Denton Police Department has not made any preparations yet.

“[The liquor stores] are going to be something brand new to the city of Denton,” Hinojosa said. “It’s going to be something different and we’re just going to have to see what comes up at the time.”

Accounting sophomore Akeem Hollerman is looking forward to the liquor stores opening in Denton.

“It’ll be cool that I won’t have to drive as far to buy liquor anymore,” he said.

Featured Image: A array of spirits inside Shax’s Liquor in Lake Dallas. Photo by Meagan Sullivan – Staff Photographer

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