Neighbors prepare to fight liquor sales

Posted at: 01/04/2013 9:15 PM
Updated at: 01/04/2013 11:09 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some neighborhood groups in the International District of Albuquerque have fought and won their battles to stop liquor sales where they live. They are digging in for yet another fight.

This time the battle is against a Giant/Shell store at Louisiana and Lomas. The store is just across the street from the fairgrounds.

Residents complain that the store is simply to close to a neighborhood. Neighborhood groups says the closest home is just 12 feet from the store's property.

People in the neighborhood say problems with transients will only get worse. We found a number of vodka and beer bottles in an alley just behind the giant store.

Residents think alcohol abuse has contributed to burglaries in breakins in the area. People also worry about increased drinking and driving.

Officials with Western Refining say that Giant stores are a big part of the Albuquerque community and tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 they want to make sure everyone is as safe as can be.

Communications officials say the company has spent a lot time, energy and money on training staff about alcohol sales, Including not selling to intoxicated people and minors.

Western Refining officials also told KOB 4 that security around the store is also very important.

The company plans to meet with neighbors about the sale of liquor. There is also a zoning hearing set for Tuesday, Jan. 15. It will be held in the Plaza Del Sol Hearing Room located at the northeast corner of 2nd and Roma NW. The meeting starts at 9 a.m.