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Powers – Granby has little need for another liquor store

To the Editor:

There has been a lot of talk in town lately about a new liquor store that wants to open its doors next to the McDonald’s that is going into business by City Market. It has raised a lot of concern from people in Granby.

Is there really a need for another liquor store in Granby? The answer to that question is no. There are two liquor stores already in downtown Granby, and another out at the Inn at SilverCreek. All are owned and operated by locals, the owners and employees all do business locally.

At “rush-hour” (when everyone is getting off work) you could stand at either liquor store in downtown Granby and see that they do a brisk business, but lines are small and gone quickly. The evening spurt of customers is just enough to keep these two stores in business, but not enough to deem another liquor store a necessity.

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The location of the proposed liquor store is also a concern, firstly to parents who don’t want their children and young adults hanging out in an area where there is liquor for sale, but also to small businesses in downtown Granby. This would be just one more business that is outside downtown, one more convenience for second-homeowners, and one large drain on local businesses. Small businesses in Granby depend on traffic from the nearby resorts, especially during the winter months, to keep them in business. The liquor stores in Granby are one of the things that bring people into town so they can see what other businesses there are. Having a liquor store at City Market would cut down a great deal on the traffic in town, something that already happens from having the town’s only grocery store and a gas station located so close to the condos and resorts. Please think what this could do to the local economy. What businesses would have to close to accommodate this proposed liquor store?

The Granby Board of Trustees is holding a hearing on the proposed liquor license on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Granby Town Hall. I urge everyone who feel that the needs of Granby for liquor stores are being met or anyone who has strong feeling about this proposed license to show up to the town meeting or write a letter to the Granby Board of Trustees.

Heather Powers

Granby


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