DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Recently, an application has been submitted to city commissioners for a lounge retail liquor license for Sandhar Liquor on Third Avenue.
Since hearing about the application, most residents in the ‘Ford Country’ area have been speaking loudly against the idea — as they presented a petition with over 200 signatures to commissioners.
“Its not necessarily about the store, but its where its being placed,” Derrick Tiller said. “It would threaten the welfare of our neighborhood, and the safety of our children and the healthcare of our community.”
“With the liquor store coming there, we have people in our community who are suffering from alcoholism and if they can walk and get it, it will be trouble,” Sidney Miller Jr. said.
According to the Kaur family who owns Sandhar Grocery, they have been doing business in the area for 25 years. They say they haven’t had a problem with crime while operating and a liquor store will not bring trouble to the neighborhood.
They plan to open around 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and operate by the rules like selling to those 21 or older.
“Do you think I want to put myself in the area of crime no, bring my children to an area of crime, bring customers to a store with crime no,” One of the owners said.
Ricky Nelson, a resident in the area, supports the idea of the store. He feels safe in the community and his two children walk to the store every day without a problem. He doesn’t believe they will feel less safe with a liquor store in the neighborhood.
“I don’t see the crime rate going up its more to crime than just alcohol, so for what its worth I think we should have it,” Nelson said. “I even offered to do security there when it opens.”
Commissioners want to take a look at the crime numbers in the area as well as measurements because a liquor store cannot exist within 200 feet of a local park, school or religious institution.
ImmanuEl’s Fountain Christian Fellowship is down the road from the proposed location.
The license has been tabled for the next commission meeting on September 20.