Cubby's gets OK to sell booze
October 29. 2013 1:29PM
Despite recently selling beer to a minor, Cubby’s Convenience Store got the green light from City Hall last week to sell hard alcohol.
Applying for an off-sale alcohol beverage license, Cubby’s manager Joe VanBallegooyen told the Dell Rapids City Council at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 21 that a failed sting in July was not indicative of the store’s commitment to following the law.
The clerk who sold to a minor in the sting conducted by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, VanBollegooyen said, only works about five hours a week.
Furthermore, he said, all clerks are certified to sell, digital ID readers have been installed and any liquor in the store would be kept behind the counter.
“No access to anybody but the clerk that’s working,” VanBollegooyen said. “We’re looking at hard liquor not in big packages.”
The July infraction wasn’t the store’s only violation in recent history. Before the Cubby’s franchise took over, the store, operating as Kum and Go, was cited for underage beer sales four times in five year.
Warning that an off-sale permit is not permanent, councilor Dave Sommerfeld reminded the council that Kum and Go’s beer license was revoked for a time after the string of failed stings.
The application was approved on a 6-0 vote. Councilor Craig Lauritzen was not present.
Of the four off-sale liquor permits the City of Dell Rapids is able to issue, three are now in use. Norby’s Bar and County Fair have the other $400-per-year licenses.