With beer coolers already in place in a store near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus and in the works for its outlet on Route 22, the Sheetz store chain took steps Tuesday to add alcohol sales in two more Indiana County convenience stores.
The Clymer Borough officials narrowly approved the intermunicipal transfer of a liquor license Sheetz bought at auction in October to allow beer and wine sales at its store along Route 286.
It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor to settle a deadlock of the six council members present.
And Sheetz reached terms to buy the license held by Whitey’s Peetza & Eatery in Coral for its mini-restaurant along Route 119 between Indiana and Homer City, a company attorney said. Whitey’s owner, Steve White, said the license sold for $100,000.
Both transfers yet require approval of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Neither has come without community opposition.
In each case, the state liquor code required the municipality to take residents’ comments at a public hearing and to approve the transfer ‘unless it finds that doing so would adversely affect the welfare, health, peace and morals of the municipality or its residents. “
On May 22, Clymer council heard stiff resistance to Sheetz’ request from area residents, led by local tavern owner Steve Hodak. Among his litany of objections were the risks of drunken driving, exposure of young people to alcohol and the dilution of the local retail beer market.
Tuesday evening, a standing-room crowd of Clymer residents, including Hodak and beer distributor owner Ron Wincek, were ready to deliver another round of protest during…
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