CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The Common
Council decided it would allow gas stations to sell beer and wine at
area gas stations during its meeting on Monday night, said City
Clerk Kelly Tarczewski.
Kwik Trip No. 396, W229-N2086
Redford Blvd., petitioned to sell alcoholic beverages. Kwik Trip
Community Relations Manager David Ring previously told The Freeman
that the location seeks to add a beer cave and wine cabinets with a
remodel of the Kwik Trip.
Alderwoman Colleen Brown
stood in as mayor at the meeting Monday night. Brown said some of
the council members believed that because selling beer, wine and
liquor wasn't allowed in the city that it would be best to allow
only the sale of beer and wine to start. Tarczewski previously told
The Freeman that for years, the unwritten policy was that alcohol
may not be sold at gas stations. Brown said had she had the
opportunity to vote Monday, she would have approved the sale of
beer, wine and liquor.
"I don't know why the city
has had an unwritten policy," Brown said. "I'm glad we're looking
into changing it."
Brown said there was no
opposition to the would-be approval of beer and wine sales at gas
stations, but there is more to the decision than the Plan Commission
Because the city isn't zoned
for serving alcohol, the gas stations seeking licenses for selling
alcohol would have to be rezoned. The rezoning would have to be
approved by the Plan Commission before being brought to the Common
Council for its approval. Then the application to sell alcohol would
have to be approved by the council.
Ring said he's hopeful that
Kwik Trip will have the chance to receive an alcohol license.
Trip is grateful for the assistance of City Clerk Kelly Tarczewski
and the members of the Pewaukee Common Council for their vote
yesterday to allow us and our competitors the opportunity to apply
for a Class A license to sell alcoholic beverages," Ring said. "This
change in the ordinance will allow Kwik Trip to apply for a zoning
change and hopefully secure a Class A alcohol license which will
permit us to sell alcoholic beverages, provide our (City of)
Pewaukee store co-workers with extensive alcohol sales training, and
offer our guests the convenience and product selection they expect
at their local Kwik Trip store."