Waco grants exception for incoming market to sell alcohol next to school – KWTX

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A small controversy that was brewing over alcohol sales near a Waco school, appears to have been tapped-out.

(Photo by Rissa Shaw)

Per city ordinance, alcohol sales aren’t allowed within 300 feet of a school in Waco.

However, an exception has been made in hopes of revitalizing a neighborhood in the heart of the city.

“That location, at one time, was a successful grocery store that served that area that desperately needed a grocery store,” said City of Waco spokesman Larry Holze. “It’s going to strengthen, I think, the ability for that neighborhood to start thriving again like it once was in the 50s 60s and 70s.”

At the request of Poco Bueno Supermercado, on Tuesday night city council members voted unanimously in favor of an alcohol distance variance, allowing the Hispanic-oriented grocery store to sell alcohol.

“When this opportunity came along they saw the need for possibly changing the rule they have about allowing somebody to sell off-premises alcohol, much like any of the other grocery stores in our city,” said Holze about leveling the playing field.

The supermarket property is about 60 feet away from Provident Elementary School.

Holze said the important thing to note was the alcohol will have to be consumed off-premises.

“The school has expressed concern, and certainly they have every reason to be,” said Holze. “It’s a little bit close, but since it’s off-premises consumption and not a bar, it would be something to spawn the economic development necessary to sustain that really old neighborhood and make it another thriving, exciting neighborhood to be in.”

Although Holze said some parents have expressed concerns, officials with the Waco Independent School District agree with the city in that it will spur development in the area, and they welcome the

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