Tonight: Alcohol sales at Walgreens?

Menlo Park's Planning Commission is asked to approve permit

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.

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Posted by Ol' Homeboy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

WooHoo! Now I can get my booze when I pick-up my meds! Talk about convenience.

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Walgreens doesn't need a liquor license, why so they can complete with all of the other liquor stores. The council doesn't get it. They are only diluting the sales tax, not bringing in more, not hiring additional staff, having homeless in both front & back of the store to beg for booze money. Has anyone asked the employees of the Santa Cruz store their thoughts ? of course not, they are listening to some corporate big shot in Ill who has never been to the Menlo Park store, but has a brain freeze that liquor will greatly increase sales ! We need a vote of confidence for the menlo city council !

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Posted by Anon
a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Does $1 hamburgers at McDonalds create panhandling? Should everyone have to buy their burger from Left Bank?

Competition is good for consumers. The lack of competition is why your prescriptions can cost $500 or $1,000 per month but with competition you can get a burger at McDonalds for $1.

If you don't want to buy alcohol at Walgreens, don't do it. If no one wants it they won't sell it.

Walgreens is responding to perceived consumer demand. It's people who live, work, and shop in Menlo park who will be the consumers. Why do people try to run other peoples lives?

Folks if you have nothing to do, volunteer at s food pantry, church, or soup kitchen. Make a constructive difference.

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Posted by Tired of Stupidy
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Walgreen's does not need to be another resourse for liquor, don't we have enough already ? Also the city council went "numb" on allowing another pet store on Santa Cruz 1 block down from the "Pet Place" which has been there for 17 years, plus they allowed another new one in the Safeway shopping center ! All they are doing is spreading around the sales tax. When are they going to "get in" that diluting business's is not the answer ! How about finding "NEW" business and adding to existing ones !!

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Posted by capitalism rules
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

So this is the propaganda foisted on us by modern-day Carrie Nations? That it's all about the sales tax? I note that two "anti" posts, of course written by different people, both allude to that.

In point of fact, it's about offering choices and convenience to residents. It's also about price competition.

Better believe the Beltramo people are behind this latest burst of outrage. Hey, for all we know, BevMo has joined that little cabal too!

P.S. you do not create a plural with an apostrophe. More than one business = businesses. Please

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