Alcohol Beverage Control inspectors are evaluating locations in Murray that have applied for alcohol licenses. City ABC Administrator Sergeant Kendra Clere says the 30-day window for licenses closed last week. State quotas limit Murray to eight package liquor stores and seven taverns.
Clere says five have applied for tavern licenses and 15 for package licenses. ABC Attorney Steve Humphress says because more people have applied for package licenses than Murray is eligible for, all those applying must submit an economic impact study to ABC to show how their business would benefit the local area. He says ABC inspectors will also use site reviews, and input from local officials to determine who gets a license.
Clere says 14 have also applied for permission to sell beer. There is no limit on beer licenses.
ABC officials say it could take 45 days or more after applications are sent in to issue the first licenses. Humphress says quota licenses take longer.
The city of Murray voted in July to go wet.