Walgreens seeks license to sell beer and wine

By on January 29, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Walgreens officials have asked the village to grant the Elburn store a liquor license for beer and wine to appeal to “one-stop shoppers,” pharmacy officials said.

“Our customers want to be able to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner or a six-pack for a Saturday afternoon,” Walgreens district manager Mike Tomic told the Elburn Development Committee on Monday.

The Village Board will decide whether to create a new, available license. If the board establishes the new license, Liqour Commssioner Dave Anderson, who also is Village President. will determine whether to grant the license to Walgreens.

Walgreens will shelve its liquor in a 12-foot, existing aisle and cooler section, which would be locked during the village’s non-liquor-sale hours, Tomic said.

Walgreens opened five months ago on the north side of Route 38 at Route 47 in Elburn. On the opposite corner, Jewel-Osco has sold liquor since it opened in 2007.

All Walgreens employees receive liquor-sales instruction as part of their corporate training, Tomic said.