An appeal of a liquor board decision will be heard in Carroll Circuit Court at 10 a.m. Monday.
In October, the liquor board denied Peter G. Samios of Westminster a license for a package goods store in Cranberry Square on Route 140.
Samios, former owner of Maggie's Restaurant in Westminster and Carrolltowne Liquors in Eldersburg, wants to open Cranberry Liquors next to Giant Food Inc.
The grocery store is scheduled to open next month.
At the liquor board hearing Oct. 9, two liquor store owners in the area opposed the license.
The appeal, which was filed Nov. 28, says the board's decision was "against the public interest," "arbitrary" and "unreasonable."
Samios, 44, is a national director forMaryland for the National Liquor Stores Association, the appeal says. He applied for a Class A license to sell beer, wine and liquor.
The appeal says eight Class A licenses are allowed in the Westminsterdistrict, and that only seven have been issued. Liquor board recordsconfirm this.
Eight license are allowed if the population in the district is between 24,000 and 26,999.
Samios' appeal says the "most logical" place for a package goods store is in a high-traffic shopping center.