Jonesville begins ABC store discussions

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

November 21, 2013

JONESVILLE — Jonesville is beginning to move toward an ABC store following the Nov. 5 alcohol referendum.

Now that Jonesville residents have voted to allow alcohol sales within town limits, the North Carolina ABC Commission can issue ABC permits in town. Those looking to sell mixed beverages must hold a permit and purchase the liquor through a designated ABC store.

The town has the choice to either join an established ABC board or create its own independently-operated board to operate an ABC store.

Several towns have selected to go it alone, like Elkin, Wilkesboro and Dobson. Others joined together in a conglomerate board, like the Triad ABC Board.

Triad owns and operates ABC stores in Yadkinville, Clemmons, Lewisville, Oak Ridge and Bermuda Run, and other stores in Winston-Salem and Kernersville.

The Town Council authorized Town Manager Scott Buffkin to research in which direction would be best for the town to proceed.

Commissioner Wayne Moore said joining a board like Triad could be a better route, as these established boards may help bring in more profits than individual ones.

Buffkin said a neighboring town had contacted Jonesville and discussed Jonesville’s joining its board, but he did not identify which town that was.

License holders can purchase their alcohol through either the Elkin or Yadkinville ABC stores until Jonesville decides on a course for its own ABC store.

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