Wal-Mart liquor license suspended | VailDaily.com

Wal-Mart liquor license suspended

Veronica Whitney

AVON – Wal-Mart customers will have to wait until Feb. 4 to buy beer there after the store’s beer license was suspended for a violation.The violation came when the store sold liquor to a minor during a Jan. 14 sting operation organized by the police. Police had notified all the liquor sellers in the valley they would be sending underage people to the stores to try to buy alcohol.The Avon Liquor Licensing Authority decided to suspend Wal-Mart’s license saying a store employee sold beer to somebody under 21. The suspension begins Friday midnight and runs through Feb. 4. No fines were applied.”They went to Wal-Mart and they failed to pass,” said Larry Brooks, Avon Town Manager. Wal-Mart doesn’t have a license to sell hard alcohol – it can only sell wine coolers and “3.2” beer, which has a lower alcohol content than regular beer. This was the second alcohol violation for the Avon Wal-Mart store, Brooks said. On Dec. 3, 2003, also during a sting operation, the store was caught in a similar violation. Though the liquor license authority didn’t suspend Wal-Mart’s liquor license, the store received a warning and paid a $200 fine.”This time, they’ll get two years probation,” said Patty McKenny Avon’s town clerk. Marty Heires, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the company has strict procedures for cashiers selling alcohol.”We take this seriously. We always ask for identification and we train employees about that,” Heires said. Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado

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