The application deadline for those interested in being the city's first, and for now only, liquor store licensee has passed.
As of the 5 p.m. Jan. 22 deadline, only three entities had filed an application: WeaverDCB, LLC (Heather Weaver), Beverage Warehouse of Dacula LLC (Mike Korom) and Jay Shree Jala, LLC (Peter/Hetel Thakkar).
"I'm surprised we didn't have more," said Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.
The fact the application was comprehensive and required a great deal of work to complete may have deterred some potential applicants, Wilbanks explained.
Part of the process required applicants to specify where exactly they plan to build a store. According to Wilbanks, the proposed locations are as follows:
- Weaver - Intends to construct a new store on 15 acres of property in the 2200 block of Hurricane Shoals Road.
- Korom - Intends to renovate the property at 2590 Winder Highway (the building next to Rite Aid, formerly home of Papa Johns and Green Tea)
- Thakkar - Intends to construct a new store on roughly two acres at 3275 Old Peachtree Road.
On Jan. 30 beginning at 5 p.m., the applicants will have the opportunity to present their business plans and qualifications to the Dacula City Council. On Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., the council will meet to decide which applicant will be granted the license to open a package store inside the city limits. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held at Dacula City Hall, located at 442 Harbins Road in Dacula.
Though Wilbanks will only vote in the event of a tie, he said he will be looking at the experience, financial wherewithal and the overall business plan of the applicants during the presentations.
"I think experience is going to weigh heavily," Wilbanks added.
Only one store will be allowed to open within the city. Under current regulations, one liquor store will be licensed for every 5,000 people within the city limits. Dacula’s population is currently just under 5,000.
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