Plano Loves Its New Liquor Stores

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The advent of liquor stores in Plano has not transformed the suburb into a downtown Dallas-like pit of moral depravity, as some naysayers had predicted in the lead-up to last May's local-option election. The level of debauchery is about the same as it's always been.

On the other hand, contrary to what some of Plano's more wild-eyed spirit sellers had hoped, allowing liquor stores has done little to bolster Plano's international reputation.

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

No, six months after Plano's full-on embrace of booze went into effect, it has proved a solid but unspectacular success, just like city officials had predicted.

"Overall, we're pleased with what we're seeing, we're pleased with the numbers," said Plano City Manager Bruce Glasscock. "Most of the citizens I've talked to have been pretty positive and thought it was something that was missing to meet their needs."

The first six months have been "crazy, crazy busy" Janet Holden, the owner of S&K Beverages, told WFAA, and there's no reason to think that the experience of the 19 other liquor stores in the city has been any different.

See also: Plano's Upcoming Liquor-Law Vote Is Getting Ridiculous

Glasscock said it's still too early to get a clear picture of sales and, by extension, tax revenue, but the city is sticking with its initial estimate that it will receive a half-million dollars per year or so in additional tax revenue.

He expects new stores to continue to apply for liquor permits but at a much slower pace than before. Currently, the city has one permit application pending.

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shandango
shandango

I work in Plano and it's very nice to be able to grab some booze on the way home. I like S-K but Angel's on Jupiter sucks and has higher prices.  Then there's Fossil something on Preston off George Bush which looks huge, is always empty, and has a shit selection of beer (I understand liquor is the main thrust, but still.)  I'm becoming well versed in Plano liquor!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Richardson you're surrounded.

Pope_Algore
Pope_Algore

Imagine how much Plano would love PROSTITUTION if only that uptight prudish intolerant close-minded suburb would legalize it!!

Daniel
Daniel

You know the old saying. "Give suburbanites liquor and they'll soon demand dildos."

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

I don't always take out the recycling.  But when I do, I look like a raging alcoholic.


Stay thirsty my friends!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

This shocks no one. There is an old adage in the beverage alcohol business: When times are good, people drink. When times are bad, people drink.

This just makes it more convenient and steals the tax revenue from other cities, which is smart. Addison is the big loser in the last couple years of law changes regarding alcohol.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Maybe, one day, the naysayers will consent to liquor sales ... on Sunday! Yep, I said it. Oh, I know it's church day but many of us heathens don't go anymore -- or never did -- and we'd like a non-virgin bloody mary to cure our raging hangovers. What say ye, beaters of the bible?

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@CogitoErgoSum and for some reason I always crave Chick fil a on Sunday. So, I go on other days. Most car dealerships are closed on Sundays as well...omg!!

Threeboys
Threeboys

@CogitoErgoSum Sunday sales was brought up this year but never made it out of committee.  As the old school liquor chain owners with Austin power die off or sell, the newbies (Total, Wal Mart, Kroger, Costco, etc) will push the issue.  They need Sunday sales before they get liquor in grocery.  Doubt it will happen in the same session, which is in 2015.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSumYeah, like in Chicago when I could pick it up at Jewel on Sunday with the groceries.

NewsDog
NewsDog

@CogitoErgoSum  Plan ahead and keep a bottle of vodka (Monopolova) at the house, or maybe tequila for a Bloody Maria.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@DirtyP1 @CogitoErgoSum Are these things really comparable -- a proprietary fast-food joint, car dealerships and hard alcohol? No. Are you missing the point? Completely.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Montemalone @CogitoErgoSum Exactly. Liquor should be considered a grocery item, really. You can cook with it, make tasty beverages with it, etc. Quartermasters for military folk of yore would never think of leaving port/fort without a suitable store of rum, whiskey or beer. It was as essential to morale as flour or sugar.

Milfy
Milfy

good stuff Monopolowa, no hangovers..... =)

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@DirtyP1 Thanks for continuing to make my point. No 2 a.m. cutoff and a reduced drinking age would be fine with me. In many European countries, the age for purchase is 18 -- as it used to be here. Christian temperance movements have demonized alcohol in this country. Just as pot is slowly becoming decriminalized -- and legalized, so should these silly blue laws surrounding alcohol be trashed.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@CogitoErgoSum @DirtyP1 Hey, while we're at it, let's get rid of 2am as the cutoff for drinking in a bar. I'm not completely missing the point, just wondering why this is SO important to you. 

Also, why do you have to be 21 to drink? It's 18 in most countries around the world. Is that because of the bible? What about age limits for statutory rape? The bible says nothing about that. 


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