Brown Jug store faces restrictions for renewed license
The Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed a resolution that gives Mountain View a voice in how a liquor store in its neighborhood can operate.
The resolution recommends that the Alaska Beverage Control Board puts certain restrictions on the Brown Jug store on Bragaw Street, next to Red Apple, if it wants to renew its liquor license. The Assembly had protested renewing that license. Instead, it approved conditions that the Mountain View community brought forth and Brown Jug accepted.
The Community Council worked with the company for several weeks, hammering out those conditions. The community strongly felt the liquor store needed to shorten its hours and not sell certain kinds of alcohol. In the end, the deal looks like this: Brown Jug won’t open until noon, will not be able to sell mini-bottles of liquor or single bottles of beer and small containers of wine and six-packs of beer below $6 and must label all alcohol with stickers that identify where it was sold.
The two groups went through six different draft proposals before settling on a final compromise. They threw out a proposal which would have made a list of people with addresses at homeless shelters and refuse alcohol sales to them.
Before the Assembly passed the memorandum of understanding, both Brown Jug and the Treasurer of the Mountainview Community Council thanked each other for coming to the table and finding a resolution. Assemblymember Christopher Constant says this is all about relationships.
"Problem-solving is always better with the people who are having the problem without having to have some other authority come in and hope to make it happen," he said. "So that’s kind of been the best part of this. The neighborhood and the package store worked this out on their own we are just affirming what they brought forward to us."
While the Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed the memorandum, the Alaska Beverage and Control Board will have the final say on if Brown Jug on Bragaw gets its liquor license renewed and what kinds of restrictions they would have. Another concern for Mountain View Community Council Members was keeping restrictions the same for all liquor stores in their neighborhood.
Brown Jug has agreed to shut down their location next to the Red Apple by the end of the year, but that doesn't stop the company from relocating to another location in Mountain View. While council members are concerned about that happening, they know they can't stop the liquor store chain from doing business.
“We are an advisory body with no authority powers and so that’s why we signed a memorandum of understanding not a memorandum of agreement because we can’t enforce this," said Treasurer Daniel George.
The ABC board won't rule on the Mountain View Brown Jug's liquor license until its June meeting.
Meanwhile, the Anchorage Assembly hopes other Anchorage communities use this model of dealing directly with the liquor store to come up with tailored restrictions that work in their neighborhood.
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