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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.”

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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