Dozens protest proposed liquor store in West Louisville

West Louisville residents oppose another new liquor store

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of people, along with Metro Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3), protested a proposed liquor store on Wilson Avenue Thursday afternoon.

The building is the former BB&T Bank on the corner of Algonquin Parkway and Wilson Avenue.

“If we have anything to do with it, this is not going to be turned into a liquor store,” Woolridge said.

Woolridge organized a protest for 5:30 p.m. outside the building.

Just last week, liquor licenses were denied for 22 Family Dollar stores in Louisville after several organized protests. Woolridge and protestors are hoping for a similar outcome.

Metro Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3) led the protest of a proposed liquor store on Wilson Avenue.
Metro Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3) led the protest of a proposed liquor store on Wilson Avenue. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

“We got enough problems, you know what I’m saying?” Shively Councilman Chester Burrele said.

Burrele remembers growing up in that area.

“When I was a kid, over here was always business,” he said. “It was nice. You could go shopping and everything. Something to do."

Other protestors had similar memories. Some called the old bank a “pillar in the community.”

Woolridge said she doesn’t want to see another liquor store in the neighborhood.

Some residents in the neighborhood believe another liquor store could mean more trash and crime in the area.
Some residents in the neighborhood believe another liquor store could mean more trash and crime in the area. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Dozens of people stood along the street were chanting “no more liquor stores” to cars driving by, including Denille Johnson.

Johnson has lived in the area her whole life. She said there are at least three liquor stores or stores that sell liquor within walking distance of the old bank’s location.

“[We need] something that’s positive to the community,” Johnson said. “I’m not seeing liquor stores be positive in a community yet because crime goes up, trash goes up and the owners won’t be out here cleaning it up. The community will. So another liquor store we do not need.”

Woolridge said she has already sent in 685 signed letters to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in protest of the proposed liquor license. The deadline to send a letter in protest is October 6.

Woolridge said the local code enforcer will make a decision on whether to allow the liquor license. There will be a chance to appeal that decision.

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