Folks in Nolensville could soon find out who will be the owner of the town's first liquor store, as the board of mayor and aldermen is set to vote Thursday evening on one of three liquor license applications.
Autumn Morris, owner of Unique Arts & Antiques, has been in business at 7209 Nolensville Road for about a year, and would love to stay. But the property owner, James Patel, is hoping to replace the building with Broken Wheel Wine and Spirits, if granted a liquor license by the board.
"But if I need to shut down immediately with a 30 day notice, it is going to hurt for Christmas, unless I can get reopened," Morris said. "I am looking at some new space here in town and checking some avenues to open again."
Patel also owns the Phillips 66 gas station next door and plans to redo the facade to match the style of newer buildings in town.
However, a liquor store on his property is not a done deal. Two other applicants are hoping to do the same.
Kathleen Tisano and Ann Brinkmann are hoping to get a liquor license to open a wine and spirit store in the old Dollar General building in the Nolensville Town Center.
And Yang Investments wants to open a liquor store in the Brittain Plaza.
"One of the most asked questions was, 'Why can't we have a liquor store, so that we don't have to go to Franklin, Smyrna, Brentwood or Nashville?," said Mayor Jimmy Alexander.
Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to be able to sell liquor in town in November 2012.
"We like for people to shop in Nolensville," Alexander said. "It's a small town, and all the revenue we receive is important."
The new liquor store would only be allowed in the Commercial Services or Commercial Regional zoning areas.
A maximum of two liquor stores will be allowed to be built in Nolensville, and if one of those three applications is approved Thursday, the location on the south side of town will be taken off the table, because a city ordinance won't allow two liquor stores to be built within a 1-mile radius.
"We look at location, experience from the applicant and their financial capability to run a liquor store," Alexander said.
Morris knows even if Patel doesn't get approval for a liquor license, she still may have to move or shut down temporarily.
"I don't look at it as a bad thing. Of course, I don't want to lose my lease," Morris said. "I'm an optimistic, and I believe something good will come of it."
The meeting is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Nolensville Town Hall. Even if one of the three liquor licenses is approved, the applicants will still have to get approval from the Alcohol Beverage Commission before the store can open.
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