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February 2, 2004
For years, Pennsylvania politicians have had sugarplum visions when they thought of the once-antiquated State Store system. If only they could sell it off . . . and then their reveries began. Former Gov. Tom Ridge saw the liquor shelves stocked with money to build sports stadiums. Republican 2002 gubernatorial hopeful Mike Fisher saw millions for education. Two decades earlier, Gov. Dick Thornburgh envisioned hundreds of thriving private businesses that, yearly, would pay the state handsome liquor license fees.
NEWS
March 10, 1986 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
The Warrington Township Planning Commission met last week to review revised plans for a state liquor store in the Warrington Mews shopping center, but the proposal was stalled when the building's architect failed to attend the meeting. Site plans for a one-story, 3,000-square-foot liquor store to be housed next to a beer and soda outlet in the Easton Road shopping center were reviewed by the planning commission for the third time Thursday night. But because architect Lance E. Kraemer was absent from the meeting, commission members could make no decisions or recommendations to advance the proposal.
NEWS
March 26, 1992 | By S.E. Siebert, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The state Liquor Control Board and Norristown community groups have reached a compromise to make way for a liquor store in the west end of the borough. Limited hours and limitations on some wines are among the restrictions being imposed by the state to deal with civic and business leaders who opposed locating the Wine and Spirits Shop on West Marshall Street. LCB officials plan to operate the self-service store 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, according to a letter sent to borough officials last week.
NEWS
May 1, 1988 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Up until two years ago, Ricardo Melton was a frequent customer of Scoops Liquor Store, 325 S. Broad St., Woodbury, according to store owner Stanley Raynor Jr. Last week, Melton, 24, filed suit against Raynor and Scoops in Gloucester County Superior Court, saying that he was struck by a train in April 1986 as a result of negligence on the part of Scoops employees who sold him liquor despite his intoxicated condition. Raynor said in an interview last week that Scoops is a small operation with no bar on the premises.
NEWS
August 11, 1993 | By Dave Urbanski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 19-year-old Sicklerville woman was in critical condition last night after she was shot in the back outside a liquor store in the 500 block of the North White Horse Pike, authorities said. Justina Alomar had become involved in an argument about 5 p.m. in front of the Liquor Shop when she was struck with a single bullet in the back, said Joseph Audino, first assistant Camden County prosecutor. The bullet exited through her chest. Alomar was driven to the trauma unit of Kennedy Memorial Hospital-Stratford Division.
NEWS
February 13, 1992 | By Joe Ferry, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Opponents of a new state liquor store proposed for the West End of Norristown are planning to take their case to court. Debbie Terranova, president of the Historic Business District Coalition, said Tuesday that legal action was being considered to stop the Liquor Control Board from opening a self-service wine and spirits store at 504 W. Marshall St. despite vehement opposition by residents and business owners in the area. "They've ignored the citizens, Borough Council, the mayor, Rep. (John)
NEWS
March 31, 1986 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
Shoppers who frequent the Warrington Mews shopping center may soon see a new state liquor store there, now that the Warrington Planning Commission has given conditional approval to plans for the one-story building. Revised site plans for the 3,000-square-foot liquor store, to be housed next to a beer and soda outlet in the shopping center on Easton Road (Route 611), were unanimously recommended for approval to the Board of Supervisors by commission members in a meeting Thursday night.
NEWS
April 23, 2011
A 23-year-old Camden man was killed Friday night in the city, authorities said Saturday. Leonard Carstarphen was fatally stabbed around 10:30 p.m. inside International Liquors on the 200 block of Marlton Pike, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden police. Authorities are investigating the homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call contact Mike Dougherty, an investigator with the prosecutor's office at (856) 225-8400 or Det. Rob Perkins with Camden police at (856)
NEWS
March 10, 1991 | By Jennifer Reid, Special to The Inquirer
Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Mart - which already operates on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden - received unanimous approval Tuesday to open a new store in Evesham Township. But other liquor store owners, who sought to block the approval by filing a lawsuit earlier that day, found the council's decision hard to swallow. They were denied a temporary restraining order against the township, but a Superior Court judge reserved the right to review the council's decision. "Fair competition is one thing," said John Weiss, owner of The Bottlestop liquor store in Marlton.
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April 29, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A law that would require Camden liquor stores to close at 10 p.m. has drawn both criticism and support from the city's business community, and approval from residents, who said it could reduce crime in some neighborhoods. Councilman Angel Fuentes, who drafted the proposal based on his talks with some residents of East Camden, met Wednesday with more than two dozen business owners and residents at City Hall to discuss the idea. Tom Jenkins, owner of a liquor store and a bar, was one of several who said city officials should target nuisance establishments, such as stores where customers linger outside and drink on the street.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A Lawnside woman who left her children in the backseat of her SUV with the engine running was charged with neglect Wednesday, four days after a thief stole the vehicle and crashed it while the frightened children were inside, police said. Kyna C. Garnett, 32, also was charged with one count of fourth-degree abuse, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced in a news release Wednesday. The thief stole the vehicle about 30 seconds after Garnett went inside Colombo Liquors in Magnolia around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.
NEWS
December 15, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Gloucester County man was charged with kidnapping for stealing an SUV - in which two children were left alone as backseat passengers - from the parking lot of a Camden County liquor store about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. Christopher Dumas, 38, of Paulsboro, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and theft. Magnolia police say he crashed the stolen Trailblazer into another vehicle during his getaway, causing it to flip over. The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl from Lawnside, suffered minor scrapes and were treated and released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, police said.
NEWS
September 14, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A town center project slated for Harrison Township's Richwood section was for years the buzz about town. The walkable hub boasting major retailers and new homes - even a new elementary school and town hall were floated - would create a destination in the town known for its bucolic setting and charming, historic Mullica Hill. Lately, it's a lack of buzz that's got some talking. The same year ambitious details about the massive 370-acre Richwood project were announced, in 2008, residents in the Gloucester County town voted to allow liquor licenses for full-service restaurants and bars - ending Harrison's longtime status as a dry town.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Expect more. Pay less. Then drink and be merry. Target's neighbor in Center City's Market East neighborhood will be a jumbo-sized wine and spirits shop, as the area's growing base of residents and restaurants stokes the demand for booze. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members voted in August to lease space near 11th and Chestnut Streets beside the future Target, spokesman Shawn Kelly said Wednesday. The Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop will occupy about 14,000 square feet of ground floor and basement space in a mixed-use development now under construction by Brickstone Cos., said Larry Steinberg, a senior vice president at real estate brokerage CBRE.
NEWS
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | TAXES Less is more When does a tax become a "smart" tax, as Carolyn Adams proposes ("A tax on Philly house flippers," Sunday)? One of the primary forces for the revitalization of residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia in the past two decades has been the 10-year tax abatement provided to redevelopers. Because of the reduction in the tax burden, the demand for housing and subsequent appreciation of real estate have done far more to build wealth for working- and middle-class Philadelphians than any tax-and-redistribution policy.
NEWS
June 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores. The measure, introduced Sunday evening by GOP senators, would allow beer distributors, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and others to sell for takeout wine and hard liquor, which now can be purchased only at one of the state's wine and spirits stores. The proposal, which passed a key Senate committee, also calls for leasing the wholesale operations of the state Liquor Control Board.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Law enforcement officials have evidence that both Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams fired fatal shots in the murder of Officer Robert Wilson III, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that they were weighing whether to seek the death penalty in the case. A preliminary hearing for the two men, scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed at the prosecution's request because the investigation is continuing. Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said a daylong hearing is scheduled for May 20. Video from inside the GameStop store where Wilson was killed, plus testimony from a dozen witnesses, will be presented, he said.
FOOD
February 6, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
In the rarefied world of vintage wine, a perfectly preserved lot of bottles ranging from three decades to 87 years old is usually the province of a Sotheby's wine auction or a high-roller market in Hong Kong. This is not the kind of liquid treasure usually found in a South Jersey discount liquor shop wedged between a ShopRite and a Great Clips salon. But there was wine buyer Andrea Billick, understandably nervous as the "Ron Burgundy" Pandora station played in the background at Joe Canal's in West Deptford.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police announced on Tuesday they are looking for a Cumberland County woman they say was the getaway driver for the Aug. 17 attempted robbery of the Florence Town Liquor Store on Route 130. Rachel Lavalle, 24, of Millville is accused of driving a red Honda Odyssey after two others fled the store with nothing, even after one of them fired a gun in the direction of the cashier, said Florence Capt. Brian Boldizar. "We believe it was an attempt to scare," Boldizar said of the shot fired.
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