December 10, 2012
Weekend Liquor Compliance Checks in West Hartford Cite Five Stores for Underage Sales
HARTFORD, December 10 -- The Department of Consumer Protection announced today the results of a series of compliance checks conducted in West Hartford on Saturday, December 8th, to identify stores that would sell alcohol to persons under the legal age of 21.
On Saturday, between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m., agents from the Department’s Liquor Control Division and officers from the West Hartford Police Department conducted liquor compliance checks at all 29 package stores and grocery stores licensed to sell beer in West Hartford. The establishments were tested for compliance by minors trained and provided by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.
Of the 29 stores tested, five (5) failed. The stores alleged to have failed for selling alcohol to a minor are:
· Sam’s Food Store, 1149 New Britain Avenue
· Shop Rite, 46 Kane Street
· Wise Old Dog, 610 Quaker Lane South
· Stop and Shop, 1235 Farmington Avenue
· Harvey’s Wine and Liquor Shoppe, 2542 Albany Avenue
“Compliance operations are consistently useful in helping us identify licensed or permitted locations that are selling alcoholic beverages to minors,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. He added that the compliance checks are not intended to hurt local businesses.
“Our goal is to find businesses that sell to minors and bring them into compliance with state liquor laws,” Rubenstein said. “With colleges going on extended break and major holidays right on our doorstep, we hope and expect that all liquor permittees will carry out their responsibilities for ensuring that they do not sell alcoholic liquor to underage persons.”
The five establishments are charged with selling liquor to a minor and will be scheduled for an administrative hearing before the Liquor Control Commission, at which time each will have the opportunity to address the charges.
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