The permit approval called for planning commissioners to review operations two years after the El Camino Real location opened, but not reconsider the use permit. According to the staff report for the Feb. 4 meeting, fears of rampant crime have failed to materialize.
The police department reported three incidents at the BevMo — one armed robbery in May 2011; one public intoxication and trespassing in April 2012; and one bicycle theft from an outdoor rack near the store in September 2012. Spot checks of the store found that employees kept the parking lot clear of shopping carts, and the miniature bottles of alcohol locked in display cases, as requested by city officials as a condition of approving the permit, according to the staff report.
Planning Commission Chair Katie Ferrick said that while there were quite a few concerns prior to the store's opening, she'd heard no anecdotal stories during the past two years that would lead her to reconsider the use permit.
The staff report did not discuss whether the BevMo has taken business away from local proprietors, such as the Beltramos, who had contributed their share of opposition against allowing a new competitor to open in town.
Commissioner Vince Bressler asked how much sales tax the store contributes to Menlo Park. BevMo representatives, noting that the exact amount is confidential, said they were "very pleased" with the store's performance.
In contrast to the hearings held in 2010, no one spoke against the store during the commission's review. Residents and merchants who protested the opening did not respond to requests for comment as to whether they'd changed their outlook on BevMo, or still had concerns.