Thursday, May 13, 2010


On Monday, June 7, the local board of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission is scheduled to hear requests for alcohol sales licenses from 28 Indianapolis Walgreens locations.

The type of permit requested in Marion County would allow for the sale of beer, wine and hard liquor in each Walgreens location.

Marion County already has 169 permits for package-liquor stores; 202 beer and wine dealer permits for convenience, drug and grocery stores; and 105 liquor-dealer permits for pharmacies, either in stand-alone drug stores or as part of a grocery store.

“We are concerned about this sudden increase in alcohol-license requests,” says Nancy Beals, project coordinator for Drug Free Marion County. “We believe neighborhood associations and residents need to be aware of these new license requests, especially in those zip codes already over-saturated with alcohol outlets.”

The ATC hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in room 260 of the City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis and is open to the public.

Drug Free Marion County offers a complete list of Walgreens locations seeking alcohol licenses, along with an online Remonstration Manual that explains the local hearing process and the steps citizens and groups can take if they are concerned about a license request in their area. DFMC also has available detailed information about the number of existing alcohol licenses within particular Marion County zip codes and alcohol license quota information. To access these documents, visit

Drug Free Marion County – a not-for-profit organization – plans, promotes, implements and coordinates community efforts to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and adults.

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