Downtown Naperville Walgreens Liquor Sales

Discussed at the Naperville City Council meeting, the sale of alcohol at the Walgreens in downtown Naperville – something they sent to Liquor Commission for further discussion.

After over a year and a half, the commission decided to grant the downtown Naperville Walgreens’ request for a liquor license. They were previously denied due to the high frequency of alcohol-induced incidents occurring downtown. But other Walgreens and drug stores across Naperville began selling alcohol in 2014.

“The Walgreens Corporation is a very responsible corporate partner in Naperville and knowing that they do handle things that are far more dangerous in a very responsible way, I was very confident, and still am very confident that they would be able to properly handle this,” said Mayor of the City of Naperville, Steve Chirico.

However it was not a unanimous decision.

“I’m not in a position to support your request, at this time because I really want to make sure that the downtown is continuing to stay on the straight and narrow,” said Liquor Commissioner Scott Wehrli.

Ten Friends Blow Dry and Style House was also approved for a liquor license, setting a precedent for other salons that serve alcohol.

Council must approve the licenses before they become official.

And the board once again discussed raising the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21. They directed city staff to draft potential ordinances on the purchasing, as well as the possession and use of tobacco products, barring those under 21 from partaking in Naperville, with an exception made for licensed hookah establishments.

They will discuss this again at their October 6 meeting.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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