Officials with Walgreens have made a concession to eastside residents as they prepare to open their newest store on the corner of North Fourth Street and East Route 66.
They will not sell 40-ounce bottles of beer or any other standalone can or bottle containing alcohol, except for mini-bottles of hard liquor. Cheaper, supersized containers – rather than more expensive six- and 12-packs – are the drink of choice by street alcoholics.
The restriction applies at the new location after residents complained of ongoing problems with street alcoholics that they felt would increase with the new Walgreens.
The announcement came during the Flagstaff City Council meeting Tuesday night, with Walgreens asking the council to approve a state liquor license application.
Walgreens declined, however, to comply with another request by area residents not to sell the small bottles of hard alcohol sometimes known as “shooters.”
The Council approved the liquor license, but Walgreens’ application still needs the approval of the state liquor board before the national chain can start selling alcohol at its new Flagstaff location.
Read more in tomorrow’s Arizona Daily Sun.