Total Wine Gains Minnetonka City Council Approval
The second time was the charm for wine, beer and spirits superstore Total Wine. The company received liquor license approval from the Minnetonka City Council last week, after being denied for the license last fall.
According to the Sun Sailor, last fall a supermajority of 5-2 was not reached to grant the license, as holdouts were concerned about traffic issues and a saturation of liquor stores.
City policy states that no more than 12 liquor stores can operate within city limits, the newspaper said. After reworking their plan, Total Wine plans to purchase two of the existing 11 liquor stores in the city. Once their store is built, the city will have just 10 stores.
To address the traffic concerns, a traffic study was conducted and it was determined that the area could accommodate additional traffic, but would increase some delays the article said. As a result, part of the condition of the license is that improvements be made to the area’s traffic system—with Total Wine reimbursing 80 percent of the city’s expenses to do so.
At this point, a construction start date on the new store has not been set.
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