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Erik Burgess, Published September 30 2013

Over objections, Cash Wise gets city approval for new liquor store location

FARGO- Despite continued disapproval from a neighboring liquor shop, the City Commission voted unanimously Monday to allow Cash Wise to set up an off-sale liquor store near its south Fargo grocery store.

The approval allows Cash Wise Liquor to move from 4101 13th Ave. S. to an empty lot west of the Cash Wise grocery store at 1401 33rd St. S.

The move will put the new Cash Wise Liquor about 800 feet from another off-sale liquor store, The Spirit Shop. Its owners have argued against the transfer for months, saying it would cut their business in half and that it would be bad for the general public to have two liquor stores so close to each other.

The commission originally denied the liquor license transfer in May, but after changing what some city officials called “vague” liquor laws and eliminating a provision requiring the city to consider the “economic impact” of neighboring off-sales, Cash Wise reapplied.

Jade Rosenfeldt, an attorney representing The Spirit Shop, said Monday the move still isn’t good for the general public.

“There’s no public convenience or general welfare of the community that’s going to be served by this transfer. Absolutely none,” Rosenfeldt said. “It only serves the convenience of Cash Wise Liquor.”

An attorney representing Cash Wise and its parent company Coborn’s reminded the commission that the liquor control subcommittee unanimously approved the transfer. Former CEO Dan Coborn was also present to ask for approval of the transfer.

Commissioner Mike Williams said Police Chief Keith Ternes did not cite any public safety concerns with the license transfer.

“I can’t see a reason not to approve this,” Williams said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518