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Walgreens to sell beer

Farragut’s Beer Board approved an off-premise beer permit for the three Walgreens locations in Farragut, Friday, Dec. 11.

“We are asking for this permit … simply as a convenience to our customers,” one Walgreens owner, Douglas Hamburger, told the Board.

“We’ve had so many requests from our customers, and we listen to our customers,” he added.

All three Walgreens facilities meet the requirements for beer permits, including one requiring the facility to be at least 340 feet from a church.

The Walgreens at the corner of Lovell Road and Kingston Pike is only 346 feet from a church.

Alderman John Williams asked if the drugstores would sell warm or cold beer.

Hamburger said the stores would have a small cold section, a small warm section and would sell no singles.

“And we check everybody. Everybody has to show a drivers’ license to us,” he said.

Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche said she had “very mixed feelings about it,” largely because she’d always considered Walgreens to be a health store.

She warned Hamburger the beer would require additional staff to manage it.

Alderman Jeff Elliott asked if other pharmacies in the Town could be expected to follow suit in requesting beer permits.

Town Recorder Allison Myers said the only other pharmacies in Farragut were one CVS and the Farragut Pharmacy.

The Walgreens locations were each awarded a beer permit by a 3 to 1 vote, with LaMarche voting no.

Mayor Ralph McGill abstained, saying his wife, Marianne, was a part-time employee of Walgreens.

The Walgreens are located at 10701 Kingston Pike, 11927 Kingston Pike and 601 N. Campbell Station Road.


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