Raise a glass: Liquor store gets OK to move to Tobey Road

By Lydia Goerner | Aug 01, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Selectmen Anthony Scarsciotti (left) and Patrick Tropeano vote for whether to allow Rosebrook Wine & Spirits to move to a new location and under a new name.

RoseBrook Wine & Spirits has officially been granted permission to transfer its liquor license and move to a new location after Selectmen addressed the issue for the fourth time on Tuesday.

The issue had been controversial during the last three Selectmen meetings as board members debated the merits of allowing the store to open near two existing liquor stores.

The debate started when the owner of RoseBrook Wine & Spirits requested a move to 16-19 Tobey Road, constructing a 7,000 square-foot building there and changing the store’s name to Liquor ‘N More.

Selectmen voted 3-2 to grant permission. Selectmen Alan Slavin, Judith Whiteside and Anthony Scarsciotti (who made the tie-breaking vote) voted “yes.” Selectmen Chair Peter Teitelbaum and Patrick Tropeano voted “no.”

In a previous Selectmen meeting, Teitelbaum and Tropeano raised concerns about the new location because there are already several liquor stores in the area.

“I don’t think this was cut and dry for any of us,” Teitelbaum said. “I don’t think there’s any clear, 100 percent right answer.”

Teitelbaum thanked representatives Robert and Daniel Chamberlain for their forbearance over the last four Selectmen meetings.

This is the second time in three years the license is moving 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.

Comments (4)
Posted by: cranky pants | Aug 02, 2017 07:47

Ban those nip bottles !

Posted by: WWareham resident | Aug 02, 2017 09:20

So now there is going to be an empty store in the Rosebrook complex while Wines & More gets kicked in the pants with Selectman allowing the move to their front yard under a Suspiciously similar name, Liquors & More. This is crazy this town has enough packaged goods stores why does this store need to move across the street? If I owned Wines & More I would be furious at the town Selectman.


I also agree with Cranky Pants, those nip bottles are ridiculous and scattered all along just about every street in town. Not sure if they can legally ban them but if the health dept head can tell a business owner they should not sell cigars and if they don't likje it they should look at getting a business that doesn't put people's health at risk. This town leadership team is a joke, I wonder how much this new "owner" paid to get this approval to set up shop in a competitors parking lot basically. Sickening......

Posted by: Newlyaresident | Aug 02, 2017 11:53

About time! It shouldn't have taken multiple meetings to solve a simple issue.

Posted by: Phredzzz | Aug 02, 2017 15:11

Simply, Hoorah for Free Enterprise. If Politicians would just stay out of the way and let competition work, we will all win. Unfortunately we still have a couple of individuals who think obstructionism is the way to run our town. Maybe we can say goodbye to them at the Ballot-Box.

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