With far less contention than accompanied BevMo's successful request to sell alcohol on El Camino Real, the Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to deny Walgreens a permit to sell beer and alcohol.
Citing the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's moratorium on similar permits in San Mateo County, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith moved to uphold the Planning Commission's denial of Walgreens' request.
The Planning Commission had voted 4-3 in June to turn down the request, saying public welfare would be damaged by stocking approximately 12 feet of shelf space with beer and wine in a drugstore on Santa Cruz Avenue.
"We are well served in our alcohol purchases. There are retailers just a few hundred feet away that do carry alcohol, just not on Santa Cruz Avenue," Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith said at Tuesday's meeting before making a motion to uphold the permit denial.