Three Submit Applications to Become Dacula's First Liquor Store Licensee

Proposed store locations are on Winder Highway, Hurricane Shoals Road and Old Peachtree Road.

The application deadline for those interested in being the city's first, and for now only, liquor store licensee has passed.

As of the 5 p.m. Jan. 22 deadline, only three entities had filed an application: WeaverDCB, LLC (Heather Weaver), Beverage Warehouse of Dacula LLC (Mike Korom) and Jay Shree Jala, LLC (Peter/Hetel Thakkar).

"I'm surprised we didn't have more," said Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.

The fact the application was comprehensive and required a great deal of work to complete may have deterred some potential applicants, Wilbanks explained. 

Part of the process required applicants to specify where exactly they plan to build a store. According to Wilbanks, the proposed locations are as follows:

  • Weaver - Intends to construct a new store on 15 acres of property in the 2200 block of Hurricane Shoals Road.
  • Korom - Intends to renovate the property at 2590 Winder Highway (the building next to Rite Aid, formerly home of Papa Johns and Green Tea)
  • Thakkar - Intends to construct a new store on roughly two acres at 3275 Old Peachtree Road. 

On Jan. 30 beginning at 5 p.m., the applicants will have the opportunity to present their business plans and qualifications to the Dacula City Council. On Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., the council will meet to decide which applicant will be granted the license to open a package store inside the city limits. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held at Dacula City Hall, located at 442 Harbins Road in Dacula.

Though Wilbanks will only vote in the event of a tie, he said he will be looking at the experience, financial wherewithal and the overall business plan of the applicants during the presentations.

"I think experience is going to weigh heavily," Wilbanks added.

Only one store will be allowed to open within the city. Under current regulations, one liquor store will be licensed for every 5,000 people within the city limits. Dacula’s population is currently just under 5,000.

You might also be interested in reading:

  • Dacula Resident Mike Korom Seeking District 3 Commission Post
  • Petitioner Obtains Enough Signatures for Package Store Referendum
  • Liquor Store Licensee Application Packets to Be Available Jan. 7
  • Petitioner: Dacula Package Store Would Be ‘Finest Store in Georgia’
  • Dacula Election Results 2012: Package Store Referendum Passes
  • If You Build It They Will Come ... and Buy Liquor!

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Jerry Pilet January 28, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Jennifer, My wife and I do not know you and do not understand why you would bring us or our restaurant into the argument regarding this package store. You have made slanderous and outrageous statements that are simply untrue. First, you say the police are called to our restaurant on a daily basis. This is totally false. In the past year and half I can only remember one time the police have been called. As far as your comment as an insane number of alcohol violations, this is untrue too. In the last year and a half we have had only one violation, and that was someone leaving out of our side patio gate instead of the front door. Third, regarding us knowing Mike Korom, yes we know him. Just like we know Peter and Hetel Thakkar, they are customers. I am not Mike Korom’s partner. Please do not slander us and our business unless you know the facts. If we wanted to have the Package Store we would have put in an application. I suggest you and the applicant you support stick with the facts and not make false personal attacks about good people in the community
Frank T January 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Grayson GA did it
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew January 30, 2013 at 09:52 PM
So Who won it ?? Please tell us!
Michelle Couch January 30, 2013 at 09:53 PM
R, My aren't we anxious :) I don't think the meeting starts until 5pm today; and I believe there is a subsequent meeting tomorrow evening where the decision will be announced.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew January 31, 2013 at 02:23 AM
We want answers... We want the TRUTH! (Smiles)


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