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'Businesses don't want to come here.' Trinity to hold alcohol vote on Nov. 3

'Businesses don't want to come here.' Trinity to hold alcohol vote on Nov. 3

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Bottle of champagne in the hands of the buyer in the store

TRINITY — The City of Trinity will hold its first alcohol vote in nine years after the city council passed a resolution to put the measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. The city council approved the alcohol election on July 23 by a 3-2 vote.

The resolution sent to the Randolph County Board of Elections has three parts: malt beverage, unfortified wine and mixed beverage.

The ballot will offer the following choices for voters to check For or Against:

  • To permit the "off premises" sale only of malt beverages
  • To permit the "on premises" sale of malt beverages by Class A hotels, motels and restaurants only; and to permit "off premises" sales by other permittees
  • To permit the "on premises" sale only of unfortified wine
  • To permit the "off premises" sale only of unfortified wine
  • To permit the sale of mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers

Trinity Mayor Richard McNabb said members of the council had been approached by residents to put an alcohol vote on the agenda.

McNabb said many people in the community believe alcohol sales will attract businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants. He named one national grocery store chain that he was told had looked at Trinity but decided to go somewhere that allows alcohol sales. He added that a developer has been looking at land across from the Sheetz station to build a grocery store and other retail outlets. McNabb said the lack of alcohol sales has "been a holdup" on that development.

"Alcohol is all around, and people can get it," he said. "But businesses don't want to come here" because alcohol sales aren't allowed.

Asked why the council didn't ask for an ABC store, McNabb said he thought most people "don't want an ABC store, just groceries and restaurants." He said there are ABC stores in Thomasville and High Point that are not far away for people who want to buy liquor.

Another reason to allow alcohol sales, McNabb said, is to create more revenue for the city.

"Why put a burden on people with taxes when people are going elsewhere" for beer and wine, thus paying taxes somewhere else, he said.

The last alcohol vote in Trinity was in July 2011.


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