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18 Conditional Permits Granted for Liquor Stores in Saline County

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Eighteen individuals received Wednesday conditional permits for liquor store licenses in Saline County from the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration’s Alcoholic Beverage Control department.

Voters in Saline County approved alcoholic beverage sales in November and 42 people applied for the 21 liquor store permits in the county.

A drawing in July determined which individuals got the first shot at the 21 licenses available, and on Wednesday at the Saline County Retail Liquor Board Meeting, one applicant withdrew while two were denied.

The conditional permits were granted to:

  • Lori Snyder, Military Road Liquor, Benton
  • Harry Bryant, East End Liquor, Little Rock
  • Balbir Singh, Five Star Liquor, Lonsdale
  • Jasvinder Kaur, East Gate Liquor Store, Lonsdale
  • Carl West, Bodiddle, Benton
  • Robert Maertens, Fine Wine & Spirits, Benton
  • Jamie Bennett, Back Door Liquor Store, Benton
  • Deborah W. Goolsby, Bryant Plaza Liquor, Bryant
  • Bryan Maertens, Express Wine & Spirits, Benton 
  • Sima Dalal, Prince Liquor, Benton
  • Matthew M. Snyder, Matt’s Wine & Spirits, Benton
  • David Johnson, Main Street Liquors, Bryant
  • Christopher Howlett, Alcoa Wine & Spirits, Benton
  • Ishver Govind, Discount Wine & Spirits, Benton
  • Wesley Bulloch, Hwy. 5 Liquor Lab, Benton
  • Ray Bennett, Happy Hours Wines & Spirits, Benton
  • Jarrett Clements, Parkway Liquor, Benton
  • John O’Brien, The Bootlegger, Lonsdale

Ronnie Cole at Saline County Beer & Liquor in Benton withdrew his application while Wesley Long at The Benton Liquor Store and Charles Crowson at Wine & Spirits, both in Benton, were denied.

According to staff attorney Mary Robin Casteel, the No. 22 store from the November drawing will now have a hearing for a permit, likely in September. William Goolsby and his store, Southside Liquor, will take the place of Ronnie Cole because he withdrew his application.

However, Crowson and Long now have 30 days to file an appeal to circuit court, and if they do so and are approved, there will not be hearings for the No. 23 and 24 individuals.

Long was denied due to being too close to a church, his building was not yet constructed, it was a different address than he had initially applied with, and it was “very hard to see” that he would be outside of the required 1,000-foot buffer zone from the church, according to Casteel.

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