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Petitioner: Dacula Package Store Would Be ‘Finest Store in Georgia’

Russ Weaver hopes to convince Dacula voters of the benefit of allowing a package store within the city limits.

Russ Weaver acknowledges there has traditionally been a certain stigma associated with package stores.

That stigma, Weaver said, will not apply to the store he hopes to open in Dacula.

“This store is going to be the finest store in Georgia,” Weaver said.

Weaver has begun a petition drive in hopes of securing enough signatures from Dacula voters to have a . Should he obtain enough signatures and should the referendum succeed, Weaver hopes to secure a license to open a $2 million, 8,000-square-foot store in Dacula.

Weaver and his wife Heather unsuccessfully , losing out to Suwanee businessman Richard Tucker. Though Weaver was disappointed with the outcome, he decided to try once more.

“I’m not bitter about that at all,” he said. “It opened my eyes to the opportunity that lay right there in Dacula.”

Now Weaver hopes to convince Dacula voters of the opportunity the store presents for the city. According to Weaver, conservative estimates place annual sales tax revenue from a store such as the one he is proposing at $600,000 -- an amount roughly equal to what the .

“That’s money, right now, that is leaving that town,” Weaver explained.

Weaver has been in the package store business for the past seven years. He and his wife own Bottle Shop & Liquor in Madison, Ga.

“We’re actually one of the bright spots in the town,” Weaver said.

Weaver attributes his success in Madison to the fact the store carries high-end products, is architecturally pleasing and has nice landscaping and interior design -- all features he plans to include at the proposed Dacula store.

“This just isn’t any package store,” he said. “It’s going to have elegance and class to it.”

The store will carry over 2,000 different wines, many of which will be fine wines, and will have a walk-in humidor, Weaver added.

If his efforts in Dacula are successful, Weaver and his wife plan to sell their Madison store and move to Dacula. Weaver explained that he and his wife have been very involved in the Madison community and plan to be just as involved in Dacula. 

“We will be the face of that store,” he said. “We will face the community.”

Julie April 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Good luck to them, I hope it passes! I hate that we have to drive out of town now, when Dacula could be receiving the revenue.
Lenee April 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I wish the Weaver family the best of luck...you have our vote!
Karo April 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I look forward to voting yes. I have to drive to Suwanee or Winder now and would love to see any tax benefit go to Dacula.
Mitch April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The picture of the Madison, GA store really makes me thirsty. And I think that $600,000 is a low estimate, there are a lot of heavy (responsible) drinkers around these parts. Hope it happens!
Kristi Reed (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Hi Karo - I don't know what part of Dacula you live in, but there is a store at the corner of Spout Springs Road and Thompson Mill Road that might be closer. It is about 10 minutes from the Hamilton Mill area: Duncan Corners Bottle Shoppe, 7437 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (770) 967-3341 ‎
Kristi Reed (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I just received an email from a reader asking why Larry Wynn's comment is not visible (a fragment is visible on the home page). I do not know. The comment was visible earlier. Usually when that happens, it means the commenter chose to delete the comment. It has not been removed or rejected by me or anyone with Patch.
Gail Lane April 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Yay for the Weavers! I believe they were one of the applicants in Grayson; very nice folks! I hope this does well for them.
MDG April 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Hey Kristi, Where are all the Thursday comments?
Kristi Reed (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Hi MDG- I believe you are thinking about the comments on yesterday's article about the petition drive. This article was published this morning.
Gwinnett-Barrow News May 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The last thing DACULA needs is a package store! Boy, DACULA sure has changed in the last 10 years! Its a disgrace that the grocery stores have it, but now it's own store! I will make sure this doesn't get put on the ballot!
SLR May 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
You would do a disservice to the city if you try to stop it. The fact is that the people who live here and want to purchase liquor are going to purchase it no matter where the store is located. You can give the money away or keep it in Dacula. Furthermore, if you consider the votes that were in favor of Sunday Sales you might want to keep in mind that those same folks may vote against you next time you run!
Dacula Native May 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Tim Montgomery "I will make sure this doesn't get put on the ballot!" So you don't want the people of DACULA to have a chance/RIGHT to vote on something??
Benny May 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Put this on the ballot and let the people vote: "Is Tim Montgomery a giant doucher?"
American Patriot May 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I don't know what is so disgraceful about package stores or alcohol for that matter. It is a legal product (and over taxed by the way but that is another issue all together). If your religious belief's prevent you from consuming it that is your business and I respect your decision. Just don't push those beliefs on me. The last time I checked we don't live in a theocracy. And by the way Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at his cousins wedding so people could enjoy themselves. Remember people enjoy responsibly and bring on those tax dollars. On a side note I am glad to see this store would be American owned and operated. Looks like it would be a good addition to the community.

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