The Walgreens store in Menlo Park wants to sell alcohol and is seeking approval for a permit from the Menlo Park Planning Commission, which will discuss the matter tonight (June 27).
Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger described the store's planned offerings as limited to beer and wine that will take up about 2 percent of its shelf space.
The drugstore chain stopped selling liquor during the 1990s when the displays proved too cumbersome for managers, according to Mr. Elfinger. He said the decision to start carrying alcohol again comes in response to customer requests.
Expected to speak out against the request are local purveyors from Beltramo's and possibly Draeger's, along with residents opposed to adding to the list of 19 stores in Menlo Park that sell alcohol.
Barbara Rosasco raised concerns earlier this month that the store, which sits at 643 Santa Cruz Ave., would attract panhandlers and trouble if alcohol appears on its shelves.
The Planning Commission must decide whether allowing the permit would serve either public convenience or necessity, according to state law. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.