(Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout and to correct the size of the store owned by Douglass Distributing.)
Plans for a pair of liquor stores to open their doors in Sherman were approved Tuesday.
The Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission approved specific use permits and gave site plan approvals for two separate stores at 724 E. Highway 82 and 1922 N. Grand Avenue.
One of those proposed stores could become the first liquor store operating in Sherman. In November voters decided to make all alcohol sales legal in the city limits during a local option election. That change made it legal to operate a liquor store inside the city limits, though the city updated its requirements for a specific use permit to allow a liquor store in a commercial or manufacturing district in March of last year.
The first proposed store approved by the commission was the Highway 82 location, which will be located in the strip mall on the southeast corner of the intersection of Hwy. 82 and U.S. Highway 75, between the Valero gas station and Lowe’s Home Improvement. The request for the specific use permit and site plan approval for the planned 1,100-square-foot store came from owner Douglass Distributing.
“We plan to invest $300,000 in this location and hire four additional team members,” Douglass Distributing CEO Brad Douglass said, explaining all of the company’s retail workers have already been trained on selling age-restricted products like alcohol. “The hours (of the store) will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.”
The site plan and specific use permit were approved with very little discussion from the commission. Douglass said the planned store will be named Lone Star Liquors.
The second proposed liquor store — at 1922 N. Grand Avenue — approved by the commission Tuesday will be located in the Jamestown Plaza Shopping Center, between Texoma Parkway and Teague Drive.
“We have another two locations, one in Arlington and one in Denton,” Grand Kera Inc. Director Judy Jose, the potential tenant, said.
As part of the discussion on the second liquor store of the evening, commission Chairman Joe Gilbert asked whether the North Grand Avenue location would be in the vicinity of any schools.
“If the board approves the specific use permit, then the applicant will go to the state to get his license and then they’ll send the paperwork to the city and I’ll go out and measure to day cares, churches, schools,” Sherman Director of Development Services Scott Shadden said. “They have several boxes they have to check off.”
Commission members also asked Jose whether Grand Kera’s other liquor stores were in strip centers — as the Sherman location will be — and if the company plans to incorporate a roll down gate to protect the business when it isn’t in operation.
Jose said the company’s location in Arlington is in a strip center and that he didn’t believe a roll down gate would be necessary for the Sherman location.
The site plan for the 1,682-square-foot Jamestown Plaza store shows it will be in suite 1922, between Fastsigns and Sun Loan Company on the southeast corner of the Grand Avenue and Texoma Parkway intersection.
Both specific use permits and site plans were approved unanimously by the commission, though Vice Chairman Kyle Patterson was absent from the meeting.