New liquor store slated for Tobey Road in Wareham

Planning Board hearing scheduled for Feb. 26
By Matthew Bernat | Feb 09, 2018
Blueprints on file with the Planning Department show a 7,200-square-foot liquor store on Tobey Road with 24 parking spaces.

Months after officials expressed concern over a liquor store moving to West Wareham, a public hearing will invite comments on the 7,200-square-foot shop proposed for Tobey Road.

The hearing will take place during the Planning Board’s Feb. 26 meeting at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center.

This summer, Selectmen approved a liquor license transfer request for RoseBrook Wine & Spirits. The store is currently located in a 2,900-square-foot space at 20 Rosebrook Place.

The store's owner, Cape Cod-based Patriot Spirits, Inc., earned permission to move the shop to 16-18 Tobey Road, where a new store would be built. Additionally, it would open under a new name, Liquor ’N More. The project calls for demolishing four buildings on the .7-acre lot, located across the street from Walmart.

The move marks the second time in three years the license was transferred to a different location. The A.D. Makepeace Co. previously held the license. When they opened the mixed-use development RoseBrook Place on Cranberry Highway, the liquor license was transferred and the store opened as RoseBrook Wine & Spirits with a new owner.

Selectmen granted approval for the Tobey Road move after expressing doubts about adding a store to an area already home to two liquor stores, including a large chain, Wines & More, and a family-owned operation, Anchor Liquors.

Some board members said the move might hurt business for all three stores. At the time, a representative from Patriot Spirits said the store would be moving to an area that’s seen significant economic growth and could easily accommodate a third store.


Comments (21)
Posted by: | Feb 09, 2018 05:54

Bottoms up,  Does the liquor'n more mean selling pot too ????

Good spot for it.

Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 09, 2018 07:14

Yay, more nip bottles !!!

On a serious note.. Yay, more liquor stores means more percentages for marijuana dispensaries !!!

Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 09, 2018 07:39

What more can we do to trash our town?  Can we bring in strippers next. Foe a board that is suppose to captain us you sure are trying to sink us.

Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 09, 2018 07:39

What more can we do to trash our town?  Can we bring in strippers next. Foe a board that is suppose to captain us you sure are trying to sink us.

Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 09, 2018 07:39

What more can we do to trash our town?  Can we bring in strippers next. Foe a board that is suppose to captain us you sure are trying to sink us.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 09, 2018 12:17

When a town has a lot of feed and grain stores it means they have a lot of farm animals.


When a town has a lot of bait stores it means they have a lot of fishermen.


Hmmm, then what does it mean when a town has a lot of liquor stores?



Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 09, 2018 12:21

Sorry for the multi post. I tried to delete 2 of them but no go.  I don't know if it my cell or the dire but there are times it seems frozen then you have too many. Lol.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 09, 2018 12:40

Three times is fine.  It's good for emphasis.



Posted by: bob | Feb 09, 2018 13:34

Guess this gives our Planning Board a F.

Posted by: QueenBee | Feb 09, 2018 17:37

I case any of you haven't noticed, this store is just replacing another store that was located in the Rosebrook area.  I shop at the one that is over the Bourne Bridge and their prices are very, very good.  Any by the way, I am not an alcoholic!!!!!

Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 10, 2018 01:24

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt...

Posted by: | Feb 10, 2018 07:54

Me Neither Queenbee (HICCUP)!!!!

Posted by: Warehamlifer | Feb 10, 2018 08:26

I'm not sure of the size,but the one at the old Barnes & Noble is pretty big.why do we need two gigantic liquor stores within 100yds of each other. I say keep it in rosebrook where it is now.what happens let's say if one of them become empty just like the book store did.pretty sad that the liquor store has lasted longer than B&N.

Posted by: barnstorm | Feb 10, 2018 08:55

This is so stupid and so is the PB if they sign off on this. Do we have that many people addicted to alcohol in this town??

Posted by: QueenBee | Feb 10, 2018 09:08

Boy, somebody's really cranky.

Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 10, 2018 10:01

This store is just moving a half mile down the road . I don’t understand the problem, it’s not a additional liquor store it’s just moving down the road.

Posted by: David Ricci | Feb 10, 2018 11:40



Posted by: OnsetTogether | Feb 10, 2018 15:52

Why is it the job of selectmen to debate how well a store will do? Free market? They are supposed to enforce zoning, etc. There is obviously a market to support it or the owner wouldn't be doing it. As for nips, a 100% tax that goes to trash pickup should be enacted ASAP (since they supposedly can't be banned.)

Posted by: noseyrich | Feb 11, 2018 08:59

Wow!!! What a lot of comments! Must be an important topic to get all these responses. The alkies throw nips, n half pints on my lawn too, and I don't like it either. No solution comes to mind. Here is my 2 cents...Too many liquor stores in the area of the Walmart store already, We no not need more. Free enterprise will settle this one (I hope)!

Posted by: David Ricci | Feb 13, 2018 07:31

How about the first impression of Wareham coming into town? Packie, packie, packie...

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 13, 2018 12:23

David, you missed a few items...Packie, crime ridden motel, Packie, ramshackle trailer, Packie, boarded up house, Packie, yard full of junk, Packie, shuttered business, Packie....oh yea, pretty soon pot store, Packie, pot store.


Unfortunately, nobody cares about the first impression entering the town.  For two summers in a row I've been pointing out how one of our iconic signature gateway to Cape Cod Lighthouses is blocked by overgrowth and always has a blown out bulb!  How shabby of a first impression is that?  Drive by now.  At least the leaves fell so it's visible but one of the bulbs is out as always.  They're our lighthouses at our front door!  The epitome of first impression.  Some town officials did respond to my comments.  Thanks guys!  But, in the end, nothing ever was done about it.


Please Note:  The Garden Club does a wonderful job landscaping and cleaning the bases of the lighthouses.  By no means am I finding fault with their fine work.


I've accepted that I can't expect Wareham to look like Marion or Mattapoisett.  It is what it is.

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