Planned liquor store in Fulton gets license Shop selling wine, beer opposed by area residents

July 23, 1998|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

In a move that has angered many residents, the Howard County liquor board has granted a license to the owners of what will be the first liquor store in the tiny community of Fulton.

This month, the liquor board -- composed of the County Council members -- approved a beer and wine license for Fulton Wine and Spirits, which will be in Fulton Station, east of Pindel School Road on Scaggsville Road.

The decision has been met with disapproval by many residents, who worry that a liquor store would bring crime, vandalism and congestion to the area.

Others have argued that there are enough liquor stores in the Fulton/Scaggsville area and that another would saturate the market.

Seventeen people spoke in opposition to the license at liquor board hearings.

An employee of Cherry Tree Wine and Spirit Shop, one of two stores within two miles of Fulton Station that sell beer, wine and liquor, said yesterday, "We're struggling here, and it's very hard for us to pay our bills as it is. Another store that close to us is not going to help us at all."

One resident testified before the liquor board that the new store would produce heavy traffic, which could lead to accidents.

The store's owners testified that it would be a convenience for area residents who wouldn't have to travel to North Laurel or Clarksville for a package store.

The store would occupy the site of a High's store that will move to a larger location nearby.

Attorneys for Sharon Frooshani and George Sheahin, co-owners of the liquor store, did not return telephone calls yesterday.

Fulton is to be the site of one of the largest mixed-use communities in Howard County since Columbia was developed more than three decades ago.

Pub Date: 7/23/98

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