"Trader Joe's coming in 2011," read several signs at the Ward Parkway Center. But were those signs put up a bit prematurely?
Fox Channel 4 notes that the specialty grocery store is required by its lease to secure a liquor license to sell packaged beer and wine. But as the law stands, the City Council would have to grant an exemption that covers the Ward Parkway Center to allow it to sell beer and wine at that location.
City ordinance limits the number of retail liquor establishments that can be within a census block, based on population density. Earlier this year, the City Council granted an exemption, similar to the one being sought by Trader Joe's, to the new QuikTrip location being built at 8011 State Line Road to sell packaged wine and beer. The exemption's boundaries are from 79th Street to 81st Street between State Line and Ward Parkway.
The City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee is expected to consider an exemption at the Ward Parkway Center on Wednesday. If it passes the exemption, it's likely that it would be advanced so it could then be voted on by the full council on Thursday.
Over at KC Beer Blog, Bull.E.Vard contends that "there should be no exemption, the law should be repealed."
How about it, Fat City readers? Should Trader Joe's be granted an exemption?