Bloomington Liquor Commission OK’s PAS liquor license for Park Pantry; awaits City Council’s decision

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Bloomington liquor commission met to, once again, discuss the future of soon to be Park Pantry.

Ajeet Singh, former owner of Hot Spot Grocery and Liquor, wants to open Park Pantry on the 900 block of Morris Ave; He’s seeking a PAS liquor license which would allow the business to sell alcohol seven days a week.

The first go around, the commission recommended the city council grant Singh the license, but after a petition signed by nearly 100 people in opposition, the council sent it back to the commission for further review.

Those in opposition believe park pantry will be a liquor store disguised as a convenience store.

“We want a store we just don’t want liquor in the store,” said Nathan Russo of Bloomington. “We’ve seen it over the years, the trash and the drunkenness that comes through our neighborhood. A lot of the neighbors are here telling you this is what we have to deal with.”

Singh says he’s going to be nothing like the previous owner, adding a majority of the store will be groceries. He also claims only 25-30% of his sales will be from alcohol.

“I thought this was going to be a good deal for the neighborhood,” said Carl Segobiano of Bloomington. The way it is going to look… is going to be a great addition to that neighborhood. Not only that but is going to be so convenient for the neighborhood.” 

The liquor commission voted to recommend the City Council approve the liquor license for Park Pantry.

The store will be located in council woman Jenn Carrillo’s ward, according to our news partner WJBC, Carrillo says she plans to vote no to Park Pantry obtaining the license when the item reaches the council.

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