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Palatine OK's Alcohol Sales at Walmart

The store at 1555 N. Rand Road opened in 2005 and has never sold alcohol. The Palatine village council voted Monday to grant the retailer a special use permit for package liquor sales of beer and wine.

The Palatine village council Monday unanimously approved a special use permit for Walmart, located 1555 N. Rand Road to begin selling packaged liquor. 

Sales of wine and beer can now occur only between the hours of 9 a.m. and midnight. From 6 a.m. [when the store opens] until 9 a.m., the area where liquor will be sold will be gated to restrict access to it. 

A newly created Class B-2 liquor license also was approved by the village council, and was added to the village alcoholic beverages code. It allows liquor sales at general merchandisers such as WalMart, and could include Target, though no official requests have been made.

Restrictions under the license differ from grocery stores and other retail locations that sell alcohol. 

The license requires there be 50,000 square feet of floor space, in which a maximum of 5 percent is used for alcoholic beverage displays. Other stipulations are that sales can only include beer and wine, and the store has a pharmacy license. 

The space allotted for liquor sales at Walmart includes one aisle, with 48 feet of refrigerated coolers, 48 feet of shelving and liquor display areas at both endcaps. 

When asked why Walmart did not previously have a liquore license, Village Manager Reid Ottesen simply said, "They never asked for it."

"Staff is supportive of this request, the sales are ancillary and are not a major part of this business," Ottesen said. 

Prior to coming before the village council, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted to recommend approval of the request. 

Palman December 05, 2012 at 03:00 AM
“This isn’t the kind of business Palatine needs, it’s nothing against the petitioner,” Councilman Greg Solberg said, “I just don’t think it reflects well on the people of Palatine.” -- OK, so Palatine doesn't like tattoo parlor according our illustrious council member, but the message is clear, DRINK ALCOHOL INSTEAD!!
Scott December 05, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Kelly - do you know how WalMart handles their liquor sales? (I do; I watched the council meeting). If so how do you anticipate underage liquor sales going though the roof?
Scott December 05, 2012 at 04:17 AM
VOP raises a valid point. It's easy to hate Wal Mart, but would you make the same argument against every grovery store and dept store in Palatine also?
Shawn December 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
palman, I was for the tatoo parlor. I don't think the "Body Art" shop would have generated any sales tax though and we like sales tax. Labor is not taxable only goods. Yet they keep approving more banks that have 0 sales tax revenue. Why ?
Shawn December 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I hate walmart . Remember when walmart sold american products and even put flags on the advertising "made in America" . They sucked us in then switched over to chinese products. They are the largest retailer in the world. If they continued to promote American products I would not hate them. They did a bait and switch so now I hate walmart for that.

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