Walmart rep speaks on alcohol permit ban - Tucson News Now

Walmart rep speaks on alcohol permit ban

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Walmart representative is speaking out tonight after City Council unanimously voted against recommending the store be allowed to sell liquor at the El Con Mall location.

Although City Council voted against the liquor license, the decision now lies with the state liquor board.

One of the biggest concerns of the city is that a future charter school for elementary school kids will be opening up just over 300 feet away from the building.

Dozens of residents in the area have also expressed concern. They tell me this Walmart is wedged between five historic neighborhood, and they feel that a business that sells booze and bullets is not ideal for this location.

Walmart has indicated that they will sell bullets but no guns. Tonight, one city councilman said that although the state has final say in the matter, he plans to make sure that residents will be heard.

"Generally what happens is they have a hearing in Phoenix," Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik said. "People have to go there, take the day off work, find childcare, travel 200 miles- we want them to come here so state liquor board can see exactly what we've been asking for the last year."

Officials with the state liquor board say the city will have to explain to them why they recommend against Walmart selling liquor at the mall location if there is no violation of state law in this case.

Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia sent a statement to Tucson News Now in response to the situation:

"We are disappointed in the City Council's recommendation and are evaluating next steps. Walmart strives to offer a broad assortment of goods and products to meet the needs and desires of our customers. This includes a variety of beer, wine and spirits where our stores are licensed to sell these products. Walmart is always seeking opportunities to expand our product base to better serve our customers."

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