PLANO - Plano is about to go wet after a long fight to allow liquor stores in one of the most affluent suburbs in North Texas.
The first liquor store will open Saturday morning off E. Plano Pkwy. and Jupiter Rd after voters approved the sale of liquor in May.
Saturday will be a day of firsts at Angel's Beverages in Plano, which was the first store to get a license. The store got its first shipments of liquor Friday morning.
“For us, it’s a big sigh of relief because we are now a one-stop shop for the Plano consumer," said Shawn O'Connor, wine director of Angel's Beverages.
O'Connor said he began receiving phone calls at 8:30 a.m. Friday from customers wanting to know when the store would begin selling liquor in addition to beer and wine. The store’s application was approved Thursday and liquor sales will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
"I like to think it’s going to be a big deal for everyone in the whole area," said Jerry Kezyhaya, who works at a car wash in the same shopping center.
He said he hopes the expected increase in customers at Angel’s Beverage will attract more customers to neighboring businesses like his. A Plano resident for more than 30 years, Kezyhaya said he has watched as views changed on liquor sales.
"As a tax revenue, I think always having to go outside of the city never made sense to me." he said. "It's not like you are getting people to actually stop purchasing. You're sending them somewhere else."
City officials estimated Plano lost $500,000 a year in sales tax revenue to nearby cities. Since the May election, the city received 15 package liquor applications. It will be at least a week before another store receives approval.
Most of the applicants are stores that already sell beer and wine and they are concentrated at locations that are near many of the city’s major thoroughfares.