Dollar General to Sell Beer, Wine

By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –

The Wardensville Council approved a request by Dolgencorp, LLC for retail beer and wine sales at the property 417 E. Main St., the Dollar General Store. The request was approved with conditions,

The Wardensville Council met on Monday, Sept. 9.

Speaking for Dolgencorp, District Manager Christine McKenzie requested the council consider the request.

“There will be no consumption on the premises and the product will be stored in an eight-foot, by four-foot, by four-foot display area,” she said. “There will also be cold beer available from two coolers in the back of the store.”

Dolgencorp had previously brought the request to the Wardensville Planning Commission and a public hearing was held on Aug. 26. At that hearing, McKenzie testified the beer and wine sales would be less than 10 percent of total sales and increased truck traffic to the store would amount to two additional deliveries per week. McKenzie also stated the 24-hour lighting and security would remain in place at the store.

Irvin Heishman, a close property owner, said he was concerned about traffic, signage and landscaping. He was the only member of the public to speak at the hearing.

The planning Commission approved the request for conditional use with a list of 15 conditions. Some of those conditions include no signage visible from the public right-of-way and no single container sales. The cash registers will automatically prompt the cashier to manually enter the purchaser’s date of birth whenever alcohol is scanned. Random checks will be made by management to ensure employees are checking for identification. No on-site consumption will be permitted. 

The council approved the request with Councilman Greg Alderson opposing.

Legal Advice
Town Attorney Lary Garrett advised the council and the public on several matters. The first was an amendment to the town code to change the licensing fee for breweries. 

Adam Myers, owner of the Lost River Brewing Company, had petitioned the council to reduce the $1,500 per year brewer’s fee assessed by the council.

Garrett said in order to change town code, a motion must be made, the change must be advertised in the local newspaper and a public hearing must be scheduled… 

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