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December 23, 1996
THE QUESTION boiled down to this: Does Howard County need a liquor store with 500 kinds of beer and 5,000 brands of wine to serve the community?The county liquor board suggested that the answer is "no," rejecting a bid by Total Beverage to hold a license to operate a huge beer and wine store at the Long Gate shopping center in Ellicott City.The definition of "need," however, was never clearly explained.The board's formula for determining need was a complicated mathematical equation involving aggregate household income and existing liquor sales that even board Chairman C. Vernon Gray had a tough time explaining.
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July 21, 1997
HOW DO YOU figure the Howard County liquor board, alias the Howard County Council?Eight months ago the council, serving as the liquor board, rejected an application by the Virginia chain Total Beverage.Its proposed outlet would have satisfied a variety of tastes by offering 500 selections of wine and 5,000 brands of beer in an easily accessible store as big as a skating rink.Yet board members this month approved a license for a small liquor retailer in an Elkridge community anxious that too many of these establishments are moving into their area.
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NEWS
July 21, 1997
HOW DO YOU figure the Howard County liquor board, alias the Howard County Council?Eight months ago the council, serving as the liquor board, rejected an application by the Virginia chain Total Beverage.Its proposed outlet would have satisfied a variety of tastes by offering 500 selections of wine and 5,000 brands of beer in an easily accessible store as big as a skating rink.Yet board members this month approved a license for a small liquor retailer in an Elkridge community anxious that too many of these establishments are moving into their area.
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
While a statewide bill fell short of banning large liquor stores from opening in Maryland, a Baltimore County senator pushed through a measure in the final minutes of the 1997 General Assembly to keep at least one such operation out of his area.Sen. George W. Della Jr., a Democrat who also represents the city, said he wanted to ensure that Total Beverage -- a Landover-based company that operates three liquor "superstores" in Northern Virginia -- didn't set up a fourth branch in Baltimore County.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1996
For beer and wine at least, there will be no power shopping in Howard County.In a 4-0 vote late Tuesday night, the county Liquor Board rejected a bid by Total Beverage to build a beer and wine store the size of an ice rink in the new Long Gate retail center just north of Columbia on U.S. 29.The Liquor Board's decision bucks a retail shift in the county that has consumers buying everything from chain saws to pantyhose at warehouse-style stores in "power centers"...
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1996
The unlikeliest of allies -- a band of owners of small liquor stores in the county and some teetotaling Baptists -- have come up with a new weapon in their effort to prevent an enormous beer and wine store from moving to the new Long Gate shopping center: state liquor laws.Their coalition, which until recently had argued that Howard County does not need a beer and wine store the size of an ice rink, now is saying that the proposed Total Beverage store is tied to two Maryland stores near Washington.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1996
Working side-by-side, a band of small liquor store owners and Baptists are fighting a proposed beer and wine superstore just north of Columbia at the new Long Gate Shopping Center. More than 100 people packed a hearing room Tuesday night for a meeting of the Howard County Liquor Board.Total Beverage -- which has three stores in Northern Virginia each featuring 500 varieties of beer and 5,000 different wines -- contends there is sufficient demand for a warehouse-style store in the new "power center" near the intersection of U.S. 29 and Route 100.Total Beverage presented its argument this week, saying it deserved a sales license in the name of free enterprise.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1996
McLEAN, Va. -- Picture a typical grocery store. Fluorescent lights above. Tile floors below. Children circling parents who push shopping carts down the aisles.But instead of Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs and Tide, the shelves at Total Beverage are stocked with bottles of 1994 Mas des Bressandes Cabernet Syrah, six-packs of Dixie Crimson Voodoo Ale, cases upon cases of Budweiser and thousands of other varieties of beer and wine.Despite opposition from small Howard County liquor stores, the Virginia-based beer and wine retailer wants to replicate this scene at Long Gate Center in Ellicott City, with plans for a 15,000-square-foot warehouse-style store, its first such mega-store in Maryland.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1996
The future of how beer and wine is sold in Howard County could be decided Tuesday nightwhen the county Liquor Board deliberates the fate of a warehouse-style store proposed just south of Ellicott City.Total Beverage, which has three large stores in Northern Virginia, aims to open a store the size of an ice rink in the new Long Gate shopping center at U.S. 29 and Route 103. The store would offer 5,000 kinds of wine and 500 varieties of beer.Total Beverage is seeking a sales license from Howard's Liquor Board, made up of the five members of the County Council.
NEWS
December 11, 1996
EVEN IF Total Beverage, the alcohol superstore owned by the Landover-based Dart Group Corp., fails to win approval from Howard County to operate the area's biggest beer and wine outlet in Ellicott City, it will have left its mark.The plan to build a 15,000-square-foot store that would dwarf its competitors in size and merchandise has fused an odd coalition -- a church pastor and fearful mom-and-pop liquor store operators -- and has made state legislators balk at an important proposal to create an appointed liquor board for the county.
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 7, 1997
At the behest of the state's small, independent alcoholic beverage dealers, some members of the General Assembly want to limit the size of liquor stores to prevent the larger ones from competing in Maryland.Bills in the House and Senate would limit liquor stores to 10,000 square feet of retail space.Opponents of the measure say it is anti-competitive and bad for consumers. They say the legislation clearly is aimed at such huge stores as the 20,000-square-foot Beltway Fine Wines near Towson and the Landover-based Total Beverage operation, which has three stores of about 25,000 square feet each in Northern Virginia and is looking for a site in Maryland.
NEWS
January 12, 1997
Vote against Total Beverage hurts consumersThe decision to keep Total Beverage from opening a store in Long Gate Shopping Center was bad, at least for the consumer.Prices differ greatly from liquor store to store in Howard County. And in Columbia prices differ a lot. I decided to do some comparison shopping and chose the 32-ounce bottle of the malt liquor, Mickey's beer.It was priced at $1.25 in Wilde Lake and Hickory Ridge; at $1.05, later increased to $1.14, in Kings Contrivance, and a whopping $1.85 in Long Reach.
NEWS
December 23, 1996
THE QUESTION boiled down to this: Does Howard County need a liquor store with 500 kinds of beer and 5,000 brands of wine to serve the community?The county liquor board suggested that the answer is "no," rejecting a bid by Total Beverage to hold a license to operate a huge beer and wine store at the Long Gate shopping center in Ellicott City.The definition of "need," however, was never clearly explained.The board's formula for determining need was a complicated mathematical equation involving aggregate household income and existing liquor sales that even board Chairman C. Vernon Gray had a tough time explaining.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1996
For beer and wine at least, there will be no power shopping in Howard County.In a 4-0 vote late Tuesday night, the county Liquor Board rejected a bid by Total Beverage to build a beer and wine store the size of an ice rink in the new Long Gate retail center just north of Columbia on U.S. 29.The Liquor Board's decision bucks a retail shift in the county that has consumers buying everything from chain saws to pantyhose at warehouse-style stores in "power centers"...
NEWS
By NORRIS WEST | December 15, 1996
LEGAL QUESTIONS aside, there is no justification for preventing a 15,000 square-foot beer and wine store from going into business in Howard County. The concept is sound, even if technical problems sink plans for a Total Beverage outlet.The proposed store would bring an unprecedented variety of merchandise to Maryland consumers of beer and wine at slightly reduced prices, an enormous benefit to many buyers. I say this not exactly as a teetotaler, but as someone who can count his annual purchases of beer and wine on one hand -- and maybe a couple of fingers.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1996
The future of how beer and wine is sold in Howard County could be decided Tuesday nightwhen the county Liquor Board deliberates the fate of a warehouse-style store proposed just south of Ellicott City.Total Beverage, which has three large stores in Northern Virginia, aims to open a store the size of an ice rink in the new Long Gate shopping center at U.S. 29 and Route 103. The store would offer 5,000 kinds of wine and 500 varieties of beer.Total Beverage is seeking a sales license from Howard's Liquor Board, made up of the five members of the County Council.
NEWS
By NORRIS WEST | December 15, 1996
LEGAL QUESTIONS aside, there is no justification for preventing a 15,000 square-foot beer and wine store from going into business in Howard County. The concept is sound, even if technical problems sink plans for a Total Beverage outlet.The proposed store would bring an unprecedented variety of merchandise to Maryland consumers of beer and wine at slightly reduced prices, an enormous benefit to many buyers. I say this not exactly as a teetotaler, but as someone who can count his annual purchases of beer and wine on one hand -- and maybe a couple of fingers.
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
While a statewide bill fell short of banning large liquor stores from opening in Maryland, a Baltimore County senator pushed through a measure in the final minutes of the 1997 General Assembly to keep at least one such operation out of his area.Sen. George W. Della Jr., a Democrat who also represents the city, said he wanted to ensure that Total Beverage -- a Landover-based company that operates three liquor "superstores" in Northern Virginia -- didn't set up a fourth branch in Baltimore County.
NEWS
December 11, 1996
EVEN IF Total Beverage, the alcohol superstore owned by the Landover-based Dart Group Corp., fails to win approval from Howard County to operate the area's biggest beer and wine outlet in Ellicott City, it will have left its mark.The plan to build a 15,000-square-foot store that would dwarf its competitors in size and merchandise has fused an odd coalition -- a church pastor and fearful mom-and-pop liquor store operators -- and has made state legislators balk at an important proposal to create an appointed liquor board for the county.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1996
The unlikeliest of allies -- a band of owners of small liquor stores in the county and some teetotaling Baptists -- have come up with a new weapon in their effort to prevent an enormous beer and wine store from moving to the new Long Gate shopping center: state liquor laws.Their coalition, which until recently had argued that Howard County does not need a beer and wine store the size of an ice rink, now is saying that the proposed Total Beverage store is tied to two Maryland stores near Washington.
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