July 9, 2014 — More than a year after Grayson voters chose to allow alcohol sales within the city, two businesses have been awarded package liquor licenses.
According to a letter from the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) dated July 1, Dionysus Beverage Sales has tentatively been granted a license.
“It took a long time,” Dionysus founder Robert Fraley told the Journal-Times. “We will start our building as soon as possible.”
The store, which will be located at 221 National Ave. in Grayson, has not yet been built.
However, Fraley said the actual license will not be in hand until the building has been inspected and approved.
According to the letter, Dionysus will not be allowed to sell or transfer the license for three years after the actual license is issued.
The store will have to submit a letter of explanation if construction on the facility is not completed by Oct. 1. At that time, the ABC will decide if an extension will be granted.
“We didn't want to spend more money up front than we needed to,” Fraley said. “The construction will help boost the local economy and so will the sales at the store.”
Derrick Collins, owner of the Grayson Beverage Center (GBC), confirmed Monday that his business received a similar letter confirming GBC's licenses.
He declined to comment further at this time, preferring to wait until the license was in hand.
GBC, located on Interstate Drive, opened in January. The store currently holds a package malt beverage license, which allows the sale of beer in the current location.
Rite Aid and Five O’clock Stop also applied for package liquor licenses but only two are authorized for Grayson under the state’s population-based quota system.
Danny Meenach told the Journal-Times that he plans to appeal the decision.