By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
The Westminster Wal-Mart can now sell hard liquor as well as beer and wine. With restrictions.
Wal-Mart is open 24 hours but alcohol sales remain restricted to between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. State law generally allows alcohol sales between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. The city’s planning commission approved the change to Wal-Mart’s existing liquor license on April 21.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson said that the store’s cash registers are programmed to reject alcohol purchases during restricted hours. Employees also receive specific alcohol sales training.
According to the commission report, there is already a high number of liquor licenses in the general area around Wal-Mart. But consumer convenience factored in to the commission’s decision.
“The addition of distilled spirits to Wal-Mart’s inventory will provide a convenience to residents,” the report said. “They will have an opportunity to complete all their shopping needs at a single stop.”
The report further said that though Wal-Mart is located in a high-crime area, there is no clear connection between Wal-Mart’s beer and wine sales and reported crimes.
A public hearing notice was sent to area residents and businesses. No one from the public spoke either for or against the change.