Alcoa Commission Approves Liquor Stores

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Alcoa, Blount County (WVLT) - The Alcoa City Council passed an ordinance unanimously Tuesday night allowing liquor sales within city limits.

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"They don't necessarily have to approve three but if they have three qualified candidates in good locations then the commission has the authority to do that when they pass it on second reading," says Bill Hammon, Assistant City Manager before the meeting.

They'll start taking applications Wednesday afternoon at two from prospective owners.

After that, there will be a 60-day review process and then up to three stores will be chosen to sell alcohol.

The city hopes to expand its revenue stream.

"You've got an existing Knoxville market and an existing Maryville market so this will take some of that so we anticipate it will be a slow growth," says Hammon.

"I don't think anybody should be ready for package stores. I don't drink. I don't believe in it," says James Mellon.

But those who plan to use the stores feel it can be a matter of convenience.

"People are going to drive to get it you know. And more convenient than where people don't have to go out of town like they used to have to drive to Knoxville to get it," says Judy McCullough.

But some commissioners feel it's a good business decision.

"This would serve to mitigate some of that loss of revenue. We were fortunate that we didn't have to do a tax increase last year," says Commissioner George Williams.

Hammon says the three locations will be near the end of Pellissippi Parkway, Midland Shopping Plaza, and Old Knoxville Highway.