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Panel meets with liquor store applicant

The town of Unicoi Planning Commission tabled the recommendation of the first application from Stacey L. Collins for the establishment of a retail liquor store in town limits on Monday, April 8.
The panel requested Collins provide additional information before sending a recommendation to the town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The board unanimously requested Collins submit a background check on the store's future manager, two additional reference letters from county residents, a bank statement proving she has funding to cover the start-up costs and a more detailed business plan.
Members of the planning commission agreed they will schedule a called meeting after the additional material is received for review and to send it to the full board.
The motion to table the application recommendation was made by board members Bob Sahli and seconded by Doug Hopson.
“Under the ordinance, which was established for this, the planning commission is the first one after the town recorder to review everything that has been submitted so far,” said Chairman Ken Kisiel. “It's our obligation that this meets all federal, state and town regulations and that it's, as far as we can tell, would be a successful business.”
Kisiel also told the board that tabling the item for future consideration would be better than denying Collins a recommendation to the full board.
Collins' store, which will be called Unicoi Wine and Spirits, is expected to be located at 100 Rocky Bottom Drive in the strip mall suite next to Title Max.
The state has 45 days after full board approval to get Collins a certification and after that, she said it would take about five business days to get liquor inventory.
“It's a business opportunity, it really is,” said David Edwards, who is Collins' brother and future store manager. “Hopefully we'll have great sales.”
Collins said the business will be founded on integrity and responsibility in selling alcohol.
“We just want it done right,” Collins said. “We just want to provide an upstanding business and do the right thing.”

For the remainder of this article please see the April 9, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.