Pete Thibodeau said he plans to reopen the Douglas Depot location as a liquor and grocery store in the spring.
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“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.
One of two companies seeking to open a liquor store in Bethel is withdrawing its application for the moment. The city hasn’t had a liquor store in four decades.
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.
More than 40 people spoke for more than 31/2 hours at a public hearing, with many sharing personal stories about how alcohol has destroyed them or their families.
Bethel could see its first liquor store in four decades if the Bethel Native Corporation goes ahead with plans to open a package store and it clears regulatory hurdles.