City of Mayfield to annex county properties so owners can sell alcohol

Graves County business owners want to make a profit from customers looking to buy alcohol.

"It would be really beneficial for us and them, so they don’t have to drive extra miles to get what they want," said Vishal Patel, whose parents own the Marathon Gas Station on U.S. 45 in Graves County.

That’s why he’s asking the city of Mayfield to annex his family’s gas station and store, which currently sits outside city limits. This comes after voters approved packaged liquor sales within city limits in June.  

Now, Mayfield leaders are working to annex the gas station. The owner of a vacant lot on the next block is requesting the city take over his property too. Before the alcohol vote, the city was already in the process of expanding its boundaries east of the 121 Bypass for future growth.

Plenty of customers come into the store every day, but Patel is tired of turning some away.

"Every day we get at least, if not more, 20 people asking, ‘Where’s the nearest liquor store?’" Patel said.

 Patel requested the city annex the store so he can sell beer.

"It could tremendously boost our business, by at least 25 percent," Patel said.

Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell says the city is submitting an intent to annex the store, along with the vacant property down the road. That notifies homeowners in the area about the change.

"We want them to know. We want them to know we’re not annexing that entire property in order to get that property north of you," Rochetti- Cantrell said.

Before the new Cracker Barrel in Graves County was built, the city built a sewage line under it for the restaurant to use. Both properties the city wants to annex sit on the corridor the sewage line runs through. That allows the city to take over the gas station and vacant lot without taking over any other properties in the area through a process called corridor annexation.

Graves County voters turned down county-wide alcohol sales. Al Chandler with the campaign Concerned Citizens for Graves County says he has no involvement in this annexation, but wants to remind people of his campaign’s message.

"We don’t think it’s worth bringing in alcohol sales to justify against what damages alcohol can bring to a community," Chandler said.

Either way, change is coming.

The second reading of the "intent to annex" takes place Sept. 12.
  
The city’s regulations for alcohol sales go into effect on Friday, but businesses can’t apply for a license until Aug. 30. Rochetti-Cantrell says it will take at least another three months before stores will sell alcohol.

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