Mac Gipson
Administrator

William E. Thigpen
Assistant Administrator


Robert W. "Bubba" Lee
Board Chairman

Samuetta H. Drew
Board Member

Rickey D. Mobley
Board Member


February 20, 2014

ABC Board Shutters Calera Package Store “Drive-Through”


February 14, 2014

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:  Dean R. Argo

(334) 213-6330

 


ABC Board Shutters Calera Package Store “Drive-Through”

 

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today notified the owners of R & R Wine and Liquor LLC, located in Calera, Alabama, that selling alcohol through a “drive-up” window is a violation of state law and that they must close the drive-through window immediately.  ABC Agents hand delivered the closure letter to owners Beau Rourke and Robert Rourke this morning.

 

ABC Rules and Regulations 20-X-6-.01(9) do allow a “walk-up” window, but only for off-premises beer and/or table wine licensees. R & R Wine and Liquor LLC is a package store that sells distilled spirits and is licensed for that purpose. Package store licensees are prohibited from operating “drive-through” and “walk-up” windows, and require customers to exit their vehicle to allow for observation by the sales clerk. This provides an opportunity to judge the sobriety, as well as the age of the customer. 

 

State law does allow the holder of an off-premises beer and/or table wine license to sell beer and/or table wine through a “walk-up” window only if all other goods of the licensee are available for sale and the remainder of the premises is closed to the general public. An example would be convenience stores located in high-crime areas that sell merchandise through a security window.  Otherwise, state law requires all sales of alcoholic beverages to be made on the inside of the premises.

 

R & R Wine and Liquor must immediately cease all “drive-up” operations and remove all signage by Monday, February 17, 2014, or its license will be subject to review and disciplinary action by the ABC Board.

 

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