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Market evolution pushes Coaltrain’s growth

Market evolution pushes Coaltrain’s growth

Back in the 1980s, wine wasn’t for everyone, beer was made by large corporations and there were only a few kinds of whiskey that people routinely requested. Changing that perspective was the reason that Jim Little and Peggy McKinlay opened Coaltrain Wine & Spirits back in 1981, wanting to be the first “serious wine store”… Continue Reading Market evolution pushes Coaltrain’s growth

Liquor stores: small-retail model

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Liquor stores: small-retail model

Seventy years ago, small retailers dominated most markets in Colorado Springs. Food was distributed through scores of small independent grocery stores, each serving its immediate neighborhood. Small hardware stores sold everything from sledgehammers to staples from storefronts in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Wholesalers supplied shoes, men’s clothing, sporting goods, books,… Continue Reading Liquor stores: small-retail model

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Liquor-license law structure misguided

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I’m a proud liquor license holder who enjoys all the benefits and duties associated with the license. I don’t have a grudge or an axe to grind. On the contrary, I find the local authorities to be appropriately concerned and vigilant about what matters most: upholding the letter of the law and ensuring safe drinking… Continue Reading Liquor-license law structure misguided

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A proposed initiative to allow grocery store liquor sales will not appear on the November ballot. Continue Reading Grocery store liquor sales initiative won’t be on ballot

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a plan that would allow a grocery store to transfer ownership of a liquor store license. The measure being considered today by the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee would also allow businesses to convert a retail liquor store license to a liquor-licensed drug store. Earlier this year, convenience stores lost… Continue Reading Colo. grocery stores seek liquor sale rights

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Milan Foster was the customer at the end of the bar who ordered one drink and watched. Are minors being served alcohol? Is the bartender drinking on the job? Is there enough food available for customers who imbibe? For 13 years, he was a liquor enforcement officer for the City of Colorado Springs. He worked… Continue Reading Foster leading businesses through the liquor licensing maze

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