Should Hannaford Be Able To Sell Alcohol?
Several local residents spoke out against the proposal at the Selectmen's meeting on Monday. What are your thoughts?
On Monday night, the Board of Selectmen heard arguments over the possibility of Hannaford selling beer and wine at its store on Drum Hill.
Representatives of Hannaford told the Board that it had never had any problems enforcing local liquor laws elsewhere throughout New England, and that the Chelmsford store was somewhat of an anomaly for not selling alcohol, with only 13 of the 181 Hannaford stores selling some kind of liquor.
They went on to note that their stores in New Hampshire near the Massachusetts border get 9 percent of their sales from alcohol sales, more than twice of that of other Hannaford stores, indicating a demand not being filled by Massachusetts grocery stores south of the border.
Chairman Jon Kurland was skeptical of the public need for allowing the store to get a beer and wine license due to the close proximity of Drum Hill Liquors on Parkhurst Road, which he defined as "within a Tom Brady football throw" of Hannaford.
Representatives of Drum Hill Liquor expanded on Kurland's comments, noting another liquor store just over the Lowell line near the store as well as a 2006 referendum where Chelmsford voters said no to grocery stores selling beer and wine.
The issue will go before the Selectmen again on Oct. 1, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on Hannaford potentially being able to sell beer and wine to customers on Drum Hill?