The advent of liquor stores in Plano has not transformed the suburb into a downtown Dallas-like pit of moral depravity, as some naysayers had predicted in the lead-up to last May's local-option election. The level of debauchery is about the same as it's always been.
On the other hand, contrary to what some of Plano's more wild-eyed spirit sellers had hoped, allowing liquor stores has done little to bolster Plano's international reputation.[jump]
No, six months after Plano's full-on embrace of booze went into effect, it has proved a solid but unspectacular success, just like city officials had predicted.
"Overall, we're pleased with what we're seeing, we're pleased with the numbers," said Plano City Manager Bruce Glasscock. "Most of the citizens I've talked to have been pretty positive and thought it was something that was missing to meet their needs."
The first six months have been "crazy, crazy busy" Janet Holden, the owner of S&K Beverages, told WFAA, and there's no reason to think that the experience of the 19 other liquor stores in the city has been any different.
Glasscock said it's still too early to get a clear picture of sales and, by extension, tax revenue, but the city is sticking with its initial estimate that it will receive a half-million dollars per year or so in additional tax revenue.
He expects new stores to continue to apply for liquor permits but at a much slower pace than before. Currently, the city has one permit application pending.
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