State seeks applicants to run new liquor retail outlet in or near Charlotte

The Vermont Department of Liquor Control is looking for someone in or near the town of Charlotte who may be interested in operating a new state liquor store.

According to a public notice for the project, requirements include at least 200 square feet of retail space plus 50 square feet of storage space, all devoted to selling liquor. A proposed location also would need adequate parking, signage, loading and unloading facilities.

The state decides on locations for liquor outlets based on population, said Kim Walker, director of retail operations for the Vermont Department of Liquor Control. Because of this, Charlotte – or the vicinity within five miles of Charlotte –  is an ideal location. Shelburne and Hinesburg both currently have state liquor stores. The contract for a retail outlet is with the state and is renewed on a yearly basis.

Walker said the department does not routinely notify town governments when they post notices seeking applicants for new liquor retail outlets. Lane Morrison is chair of the Charlotte Selectboard which serves as the liquor control board within the town. He said he was unaware that the state was looking to locate a new liquor retail location possibly in town.

The state reviews all applications and give them a score, awarding the contract to the top-scoring applicant. The next steps would involve the applicant working with the town to meet planning, zoning, and other requirements, Walker said.

The state asks potential applicants to submit a letter of interest by 4 p.m. on Jan. 5. Formal applications are due before by 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. Applications and further information can be found at liquorcontrol.vermont.gov/which-license/spirits.

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