Plano's First Liquor Store Predicts Booze Sales Will Boost City's Global Reputation

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A worker stocks shelves at Angel's Beverages, Plano's first liquor store.
There are any number of reasons to celebrate the onset of hard liquor sales in Plano over the weekend: It's a victory for democracy. The city gets a half million dollars per year in annual sales tax revenue. Residents no longer have to drive an hour round-trip to liquor up. It moves Texas one tiny step toward having rational alcohol laws that actually make sense. Et cetera.

But no one's celebrating quite as much as Shawn O'Conner, the wine and spirits director for Angel's Beverages at Plano Parkway and Jupiter, aka Plano's first liquor store. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission granted its permit on Thursday, and he and his crew were stocking shelves into the wee hours Saturday in preparation for its 10 a.m. opening.

"We've been waiting 25 years for this to happen," he told NBC 5. He says the store has been fielding 25 or 50 calls per day since the liquor-sales referendum in May asking when they can buy the hard stuff.

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O'Conner's excitement is understandable. Liquor will no doubt be a big money-maker for Angel's, which was heretofore limited to selling beer and wine, and there's a certain luster to being first. But he might have been letting his glee get the best of him when he predicted to CBS 11 that package stores will enhance Plano's international reputation.

"Businesses from all over the world stop in our store were confused about the laws and why we couldn't sell liquor," he said. "So that'll be a great opportunity to really showcase Plano as an international community."

We're skeptical. We're not denying that alcohol acts as a bridge-builder, we're just assuming that the availability of spirits in suburban Dallas probably isn't the first thing on the mind of global business leaders. That said, we're sure they'll be happy to have drinks close at hand.


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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

We laugh at Plano.  But, all we have downtown is that horrible Star Liquor at the West End Transfer Center.  What a dump!

guest
guest

Yay freedom! Texas is gradually becoming less conservative and more libertarian as time goes by. It's a slow process and there are some setbacks but the march continues.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

To bad it's not a drive thru because that all I do in Plano.

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks

It's Texas laws, not DFW laws. Plano sucks, always has and always will.

Branson Heinz
Branson Heinz

It does suck though. Even in Oklahoma you can buy liquor at a CVS

Branson Heinz
Branson Heinz

CVS cant sell Vodka anywhere in Texas. Its not a DFW thing.

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

"The city gets a half million dollars per year in annual sales tax revenue"

How are these numbers computed?  Although the customer is charged 8.25% at checkout only 1% goes to the local taxing authority, in this case Plano. There would have to be $50,000,000 in alcohol sales for Plano to receive $500,000.  Not saying that isn't possible but that is a lot of hard liquor.

snowboard9
snowboard9

Will boost 'global reputation' is a bit of a stretch but admire their enthusiasm

Jayne Hexa DessieMaul Ochoa
Jayne Hexa DessieMaul Ochoa

lulz. Talk to me when CVS can sell Vodka, like they can in southern California. DFW is so weird with their wet/dry/damp areas. o_O

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

They were looking for booze because they were in Plano.

Those poor International Businessmen had no idea...

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I wonder what Anna will do to replace their lost tax revenues?


I am certain that the restaurants in southern Collin County are very much relieved.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Plano discovers what the Armenians had 6,000 years ago and proceeds to declare itself an internationally renowned, world-class city.  [The cats are on the floor in fits of laughter]

derekdobbs
derekdobbs

You may be underestimating the Plano housewives' day drinking ability.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Laugh as you must, Catwoman, but for the residents of Plano, today we smell the sweet scent of freedom!

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@derekdobbs To be honest, most of those housewives(mine and her friends in this group) stick to wine. If they switched to something harder it would probably cost us all less in the long run. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ScottsMerkin Luckily, she's married to all of him, the increased surface area of a complete scottsmerkin compared to the surface area of a scottsmerkin ass allows for the unbearable-ness to be spread out and less focused.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@DirtyP1 @derekdobbs my wife drinks wine, just regular inexpensive stuff.  I asked her to try box wine bc I was tired of buying a bottle of wine a day so she tried it, and now she drinks a box of wine a day when she drinks

ruddski
ruddski

These wealthy people are such losers.

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