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Published: Wednesday, 8/20/2014

Sylvania council wants hearing on CVS liquor permit request


Sylvania officials are requesting a public hearing regarding CVS’ request to sell liquor at its new store at Sylvania Avenue and King Road.

The City Council this week passed a resolution objecting to the issuance of a liquor permit by the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control to Ohio CVS Stores. The CVS store, still under under construction is expected to open in November.

Council enacted its right to request a hearing with the state‘‍s division of liquor control regarding the drugstore chain’s request to sell alcohol. In preparation for the hearing, council will file a public records request with the state to examine the pharmacy’s history of compliance with the Ohio’s liquor control laws and selling alcohol to minors.

“We have been a little uneasy with this one from the get-go, and it’s next to the high school,” Councilman Doug Haynam said.

The store is less than a half mile west of Southview High School on Sylvania Avenue.

Council does not approve or deny state liquor permits. It does have the right to review it and request a hearing with the state. The permit was initially reviewed by council at its July 21 meeting. Members requested an extension. Filed on June 25, the permit application would allow the new CVS to sell beer, wine, and mixed alcoholic beverages.

Council normally asks Chief of Police William Rhodus to research any complaints or violations by the requesting party before waiving its right to a state hearing. In this case, CVS is new to the area.

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