Pete Thibodeau said he plans to reopen the Douglas Depot location as a liquor and grocery store in the spring.
“We have stores in Nome. We have a liquor store in McGrath, Alaska. We have a store in King Salmon. So we understand the sensitivity in the community,” said the general manager of the business with one of Bethel’s two liquor licenses.
In a Bethel advisory vote, most voted yes to the city supporting a liquor license application for a liquor store.
The ABC board July 1 called the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable,” sparking outrage from the council.
It’s been four decades since Bethel had a liquor store, and for now, that will continue. The City Council voted Tuesday to protest two liquor store license applications.
Bethel residents are urging the city to protest a package store license that’s before the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.