Halt To Beer And Wine Permits Sought

Opponents try to stop TABC from issuing permits

Merely three days after the store got a license to sell beer and wine, shoppers at the Preston and Campbell Kroger store in far North Dallas were already checking out the selection.

"I live about five minutes away and I used to have to drive about 15 minutes to get a bottle of wine," said Janet Roseman of Dallas
With four new permits in hand, all seven Kroger stores in Dallas now sell beer and wine.

"It really makes it nice because everything's about convenience these days" said Kim Ferguson.

But many other stores throughout the city are still waiting for permits, and a court hearing Tuesday morning could decide whether or not they get them.

Attorneys fighting the November election, which legalized beer and wine sales throughout the city will ask a judge to stop the TABC from issuing any more permits -- and set the stage to further contest the election itself.

Supporters of beer and wine sales said they don't understand why their opponents are still fighting.

"The election passed almost two to one", said Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston.

"Over 65 percent of the voters said that they wanted beer and wine in stores within Dallas so we feel like the voters have spoken"

In a written statement from Leland C. De La Garza with the law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, attorneys for the opponents said "We remain concerned about the issuance of permits. It is likely that a hearing on the request for suspension will be set soon after Tuesday's hearing."

Regardless of the outcome, those stores already issued permits appear to be in the clear.

"Its our understanding that the TABC would not revoke licenses but you never know what a judge might rule" said Huddleston.

The hearing in the George Allen Courts Building is set for Tuesday morning at 9:30.

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