Liquor license issue halts sale of beer at area store chain

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A number of liquor licenses belonging to Circle K properties throughout Central New York are listed as expired — meaning the once well stocked beer coolers and caves in the convenient store chain are empty or off-limits to customers in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The issue is clerical in nature, according to a company official, and not a return to the days of prohibition; however, in the meantime, the company had to sell off its existing supplies of alcohol quickly and at reduced prices while it continued to work with officials at the State Liquor Authority to rectify the problem.

“Our Circle K management teams in New York state are currently working with the state to address an administrative error that occurred with the current licensing for our stores in the area, which, in turn, required us to liquidate product that was onsite,” representative Brian Ridgeway said in an emailed statement.

“We expect to be re-licensed and begin to sell beer again soon at all Circle K locations that were affected in New York state,” he added. Circle K stores across the state offered discounts on alcohol, with prices as low as $1 for a single can or bottle up to $20 for a case of 24 cans or a 30-pack, regardless of quality or brand.

Stores in the area affected include:

8709 Turin Road, Rome;

5254 W. Seneca St., Vernon;

1510 Main St., Sylvan Beach;

4835 State Route 365, Oneida;

3388 Seneca Turnpike, Canastota; and

7296 W. Main St., Westmoreland.

Circle K is owned by Couche-Tard, a Canadian company that purchased a portion of the Nice N Easy chain in 2014.

Liquor licenses across these properties list the expiration date for the license being Jan. 31, 2021.

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