CARBONDALE, IL -
Should a local city expand the sale of beer and wine within the city limits? That's the question the city council in Carbondale will consider despite the fact that the alcohol advisory board advised them against it.
"That's a profit center for a convenience store which just drives other revenues including fuel sales, chips, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, everything," said Marketplace Shell owner Trace Brown.
Brown says gas stations outside of Carbondale that sell beer and wine make about 30% more on average, and that tax revenue could be put back into the city.
"I just have some real concerns about making it available at all kinds of places where you run the risk of less accountability," said Carbondale Mayor Donald Monty.
Brown says his stores already have safeguards in place to prevent selling to minors, and since he only wants to sell beer and wine, he says he would cater to a different crowd.
"We have no intention of becoming a liquor store and we don't even want to be associated with a liquor store," said Brown. "We just want a very small area in that store where we can sell beer and wine."
The Carbondale City Council will hold a hearing tonight to get input on whether local gas stations should be allowed to sell beer and wine as well as hard liquor.
That meeting starts at 7 and is open to the public.
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