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First liquor store in Scott County set to open in May

11:58 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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Construction is underway on a new liquor store in Winfield.

Scott County is getting its first liquor store.

Although the county is dry, in November, Winfield voters approved a referendum legalizing package and on-site consumption sales of liquor.

For the past five weeks, construction has been underway on Stone Cold Liquor in Winfield.

"It's going to be different. There's never been one here. It's going to be a lot for me to learn and a lot to understand about it. It's all new but I can handle it," said Brad Anderson, Stone Cold Liquor owner.

It will also be new for people who live in Winfield and surrounding towns.

"It's going to be different for this county because it's been dry for so long. But if they [Scott County residents] want the liquor they're going to go across the interstate or to Knoxville and it's going to draw a lot of money for the county," said Regina Allen, a Winfield resident.

Randy White of Oneida went on to say, "It's not a good factor to have more alcohol in the community with all the drugs and the beer that's already in the community. The alcohol is another factor into it, something else that parents will be spending their money on that could be going to their children."

Anderson said the new liquor store will create eight to 12 new jobs in Winfield.

The showroom will be 3,000 ft; another 3,000 feet will be used for the office and stockroom.

"I've actually always wanted a liquor store, for years and years, and a chance came up so I just jumped on it," Anderson said.

Anderson hopes to have Stone Cold Liquor open by May 1.

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