GROVE CITY – Country Fair will continue to pursue a liquor license to sell beer and wine at its Grove City convenience store.
Borough council members on July 1 approved the liquor license transfer request during a special meeting following a public hearing.
Members of council and the public offered no comments or questions during the hearing, said Tanya Pollard, borough secretary.
The next step is for Country Fair to work with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on securing the license, which was previously held by The Zoo, a former bar in Sharon.
Country Fair, which has a gas station and convenience store at 228 W. Main St., was represented by Paul Rankin, vice president of retail marketing for the United Refining Co. of Pennsylvania.
He noted that the store would be reconfigured to accommodate the alcoholic beverages, and that the building will have to have at least 30 seats because the liquor license came from a restaurant, Pollard said.
Rankin’s presentation noted that “times are changing” – regulations for driving under the influence have led to a decline in consumption of alcohol at bars, and certain companies must make heavy investments in order to remain competitive.
Country Fair employees would undergo training for selling alcohol, and there would be a designated cash register for those purchases. Customers must produce proper identification.
Beer consumed on-site would be limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays in the designated seating area, Rankin said.
Beer would be sold for off-site consumption between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.
Wine cannot be consumed at the store. It could be purchased between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
There would also be PLCB limits on how much alcohol a person can buy in a transaction.
Up to 192 ounces of beer would be allowed for off-site consumption. That is what’s in a 12-pack of 16-ounce cans.
Up to 3 liters of wine would be permitted. That is equal to four 750-milliliter bottles.
One customer would be able to buy both 192 ounces of beer and 3 liters of wine in a single transaction.
Beer consumed on-site would be limited to 40 ounces.
In other borough business:
A second public hearing set for July 1 was canceled. A property owner suspected of violating a nuisance ordinance had requested a hearing, then canceled it because a resolution is being worked out, said Taylor Pokrant, the borough’s zoning and code enforcement officer.
The industrial property at 385 Park St. is owned by Grove City Business Park LLC, which uses it for storage.
There were some structural issues with the walls, which the company agreed to repair, Pokrant said.