Wareham liquor store's request to move delayed again

By Matthew Bernat | Jul 11, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat RoseBrook Wine & Spirits’ representative Daniel Chamberlain stands to leave Tuesday's Selectmen meeting after board members were reluctant to grant a liquor license change.

Selectmen expressed doubts about moving RoseBrook Wine & Spirits to a new location, saying that would add a store to an area that’s seen “explosive” growth and already houses two liquor stores, a large chain and a family-owned operation.

“We’d be moving you between a superstore, another superstore and another liquor store,” said Selectman Patrick Tropeano, referring to Walmart, Wines & More and Anchor Liquors.

On Tuesday, board members again delayed deciding on a request from RoseBrook Wine & Spirits’ representative Daniel Chamberlain that, if approved, would allow the store to relocate.

At the board’s June 27 meeting, Chamberlain asked Selectmen to simultaneously approve an alteration of premise and change of location for the license. The store’s owner wants to move it from a 2,900-square-foot space at 20 Rosebrook Place to a new, yet to be built 7,000 square-foot location at 16-19 Tobey Road. Plans also call for changing the store’s name to Liquor ’N More.

Unsure about approving both changes at once, Selectmen sought the advice of the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Officials recommended approving the alteration of premise aspect, but said to wait on green lighting the change of location until the new store is built.

Board members said they were reluctant to approve the change of location, saying the move may hurt business.

“Think of the economics,” said Tropeano. “We could end up with two liquor stores gone.”

Chamberlain disagreed. He said the board’s fears were “unfounded” as the store would be relocated less than a mile down the road.

“The area has seen significant growth in recent years with a massive shopping plaza,” said Chamberlain. “The location is perfectly appropriate for a liquor store.”

Chamberlain noted that plans to move were contingent upon receiving approval for both requests soon, which offended Tropeano.

“I’m taken aback by that,” said Tropeano. “Our job is to sit here and come up with a solution and then you say it’s your way or the highway.”

Chair Peter Teitelbaum intervened, saying the business couldn’t move forward with construction plans without knowing if the licenses’ location change would eventually be approved.

Chamberlain asked for time to seek clarification from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission regarding its recommendation, adding it was unclear because “this process has been done in other towns.”

Selectmen are scheduled to meet again with Chamberlain at their July 18 meeting.

Comments (14)
Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 12, 2017 06:51

Liquors 'N More? Interesting name it almost sounds like, "Liquor 'N More" a chain of liquor stores with several locations in Plymouth, Bourne and throughout the Cape.

 

http://www.liquornmore.com/locations/



Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 12, 2017 10:09

There's plenty of alcoholic shops around town as it is, do we really need a 7000 square foot facility ?

That's a lot of nip bottles !



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 12, 2017 11:27

The nearly identical name is a bit peculiar. Maybe they're trying to ride on the coattails of the larger chain?

 

Rosebrook Wine & Spirits is a nicer, newer, higher end store...not a "packy".  It is safe to assume that with the new name and new location it will be the same. Their clientele is likely to buy a nice bottle of wine and some Sam Adams because friends are coming over for dinner. They don't cater to those looking to grab a cold 40 oz Bush and a 99 cent nip for the ride home!  I'll leave it at that because I'm resisting temptation to further define where home likely is for each...but that would be judgmental of me.

 

There shouldn't be any packy related problems in the new location.  I'd say let them move and then let the multiple liquor stores fight it out. No different than Burger King, Mac Donald's, and Wendy's all within a stones throw of each other.



Posted by: bob | Jul 12, 2017 12:51

WBTS IS RIGHT,Build it and they will come.......



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 12, 2017 14:05

Their current location is not very convenient. People doing errands are less likely to need to go to the liquor store and Saga fusion or 5 guys than they are the liquor store and Walmart. The Rosebrook storefront location would be better for another restaurant. Building on Tobey road would add tax revenues that we need



Posted by: Phredzzz | Jul 12, 2017 15:42

WBTS has got it right! Since when is it justifiable for the Select-board to inject their personal feelings into a Free-Enterprise decision? Economics 101 teaches the benefits of competition for the consumer. Maybe Mr. Tropeano should sign-up for a course in Economics before criticizing the Business-owners/Taxpayers/Employers in our town.



Posted by: 181mph | Jul 12, 2017 16:19

cranberry economics has always been having friends in the right places



Posted by: Knocked for six | Jul 12, 2017 16:26

Who does Mr . Chamberlain represent other than "the owners ". Has the liquor license already exchanged hands? And if so, who are they? Regardless, Mr. Tropeano is not only out of line he is also out of touch!



Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 12, 2017 17:16

If the state can slag off the sale of recreational marijuana and make changes to a bill.. ( which your American people voted for ) then why can't we do it on the town level ?

Just saying

I heard that the 'N More part of the name will consist of a recreational marijuana dispensary once the Senate gets their head out of the sand.. Hence the need to double the square footage.



Posted by: brazz | Jul 12, 2017 19:33

How one existing business will affect other existing business is NOT the selectmen's job. This is not an addition store, they are trying to expand. Would they rather go elsewhere? As long as all requirement are followed approve it.

PS. Make ALL business responsible for trash outside/around their business. Daily or weekly.



Posted by: Linda | Jul 13, 2017 12:07

MR. TROPEANO, JUNE 27TH THIS MAN WAS BEFORE YOU BUT YOU DIDN'T MAKE ANY PROGRESS ON "OUR JOB IS TO SIT HERE AND COME UP WITH A SOLUTION".  THIS BUSINESS CAN'T GO FORWARD TO BUY & BUILD WITHOUT YOU.  LET THEM HAVE WHAT THEY WANT.  HOW DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE LARGER SPACE IS FOR?  SELLING REC. POT?  MAYBE OFFICES FOR RENT?  THEY ARE ALL STILL IN YOUR LITTLE CIRCLE - ALL 3 STORES...............HMM....WONDER WHAT CRANBERRY COUNTRY WILL THINK?



Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 13, 2017 12:56

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT KINDA, I know it's easier for you to read all caps, but for most of us it's a headache.

PLEASE ENLARGE YOUR FONT ON YOUR DEVICE TO HELP ADAPT TO YOUR EYESIGHT.



Posted by: Phredzzz | Jul 13, 2017 16:19

Awww, CRANKY. So glad you are feeling better and back to your CRANKY OLD SELF !!!  We Missed you.



Posted by: jjjjjj | Jul 13, 2017 20:17

I'm curious who currently holds the license for the Rosebrook store, and who would operate the new location?  The license was previously transferred from the old Mill Pond package store, requested by AD Makepeace according to the 2014 story below.

https://wareham-ma.villagesoup.com/p/1102335

 

As for the current Rosebrook store being nicer/more upscale - the last time I was in there some of the shelves looked a bit sparse.  Like business was slow.  Transitioning to a 7000 sq ft location isn't exactly the first thing I'd have in mind for them.  Although the proposed location could see an increase in consumer traffic.



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