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Workshops continue for businesses that sell packaged alcohol

Post Date:03/03/2020 10:56 AM

The City of Reno will host a third public Stakeholder Workshop at City Hall on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 3 p.m., to discuss new ordinance recommendations for City Council related to Packaged Alcoholic Beverage Sales. The workshop will be held in the first floor Council Chamber.

City staff comprised of representatives from the Reno Police Department, Code Enforcement, Planning and Business Licensing have drafted a list of potential amendments to include:

  • Establish “primary” and “accessory” land use categories and regulations for Packaged Alcoholic Beverage Sales.
  • Clarify Council authority to approve, deny or approve licenses with conditions (e.g. hours of operations, business models, etc.)
  • Downtown restrictions; No single beer container sales; No wine bottle sales under 750 ml; No mini-bar one-shot bottle sales; Require security for operations after 11 p.m.; Require liquor sales stores provide 30 percent of floor space dedicated to fresh or frozen perishable food, and 10 percent for beer and wine sales stores; Expanding the restriction cap area boundary; Increasing the cap to include new businesses within the expanded boundary area.

In previous workshops, the main concerns expressed were related to the downtown restrictions. Some of those concerns expressed by business owners were:

  • Requiring security will cost too much and could require closing.
  • Single sales are necessary to stay in business
  • 30 percent of floor area dedicated to groceries will significantly impact business. Customers will not buy groceries, and they will be thrown away on a regular basis.

View the February 25, 2020 workshop on the City of Reno’s YouTube channel.

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