Eagan will keep liquor-store policy, though mom-and-pop shops l...

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When Eduard Fisher bought Amber Liquors four years ago, he figured Eagan was as safe a bet as anywhere to sell beer and wine.

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Since: Sep 08

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its called competition..deal with it..MGM is a rip off

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Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

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This story fails to mention that Farmington, Lakeville, Savage along with EP, Edina, Richfield besides Apple Valley are all city run off sale stores. Plus that many of the northern suburban cities are all city owned and operated. All the profits from those stores goes into the general operating fund for the city. Liquor stores and on sale licenses have always been regulated. The comparison of hardware stores and general service retail stores is not valid. Liquor store hours are regulated by state statutes. No one may enter a store or let alone make a purchase if under a certain age. But wait, there is even more. Liquor stores are also regulated by the state as what products they may sell or not sell and whom they may do business with to order from wholesalers. What most people do not realize this is a highly regulated industry. It's not just another hardware store type business.
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Feb 8, 2010
 
Learn to read, dude. The story goes into municipal liquor stores in detail:

Krause points out that many cities have gone to great lengths to determine what's an appropriate number of liquor stores. Some cities, such as Apple Valley, operate their own municipal liquor stores, blocking competition entirely.

Eagan maintains one store for roughly every 4,000 residents, about twice as many per capita as Minneapolis, which has 45, and Burnsville, which has seven. St. Paul has 49. Apple Valley and Lakeville have three municipal stores apiece, and Farmington has two.

"Traditionally, liquor is an industry that is regulated much more than other businesses," Krause said.

When the debate over the city's role in regulating liquor stores was raised on the community blog Lazy Lightning ( lazylightning.org ), a poster who identifies himself as Koszmo said he had no sympathy for the argument that competition among businesses is bad.

"People choose where to shop based on price, selection and convenience," he wrote. "If Cub outdoes the neighboring shop, then the neighboring shop needs to change its strategy."

Another poster, identified as JF, said: "That's exactly how a free market should work. Ultimately, the consumer wins and weak companies fail."

Garrison, the Eagan spokesman, said the market will bear what it will bear.

"If you look at Apple Valley with city-owned liquor stores, yes, they have far fewer per capita, but they also have a lock on the market," Garrison said. "We don't limit hardware or dry-cleaning or drug stores. That's what the free market means — it's free. It means the freedom to go into business and also, sometimes, the freedom to fail."
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This story fails to mention that Farmington, Lakeville, Savage along with EP, Edina, Richfield besides Apple Valley are all city run off sale stores. Plus that many of the northern suburban cities are all city owned and operated. All the profits from those stores goes into the general operating fund for the city. Liquor stores and on sale licenses have always been regulated. The comparison of hardware stores and general service retail stores is not valid. Liquor store hours are regulated by state statutes. No one may enter a store or let alone make a purchase if under a certain age. But wait, there is even more. Liquor stores are also regulated by the state as what products they may sell or not sell and whom they may do business with to order from wholesalers. What most people do not realize this is a highly regulated industry. It's not just another hardware store type business.
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I lived across this street from Amber Liquors for 10+ years. I bought from "old ruskie" on a weekly basis, If his business is declining its because his prices were never competitive, 20$ for a case of cheap beer, 25$ for a 750ml of rum. Its a recession, Cub came in and gave people a better value for there dollar. This isn't even mentioning his paranoia about anyone under 40 wanting to steal from him.
You gotta admit, its pretty hard to operate a liquor store at a loss, Unless your alienating and gouging your customers.
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Eagah RES wrote:
I lived across this street from Amber Liquors for 10+ years. I bought from "old ruskie" on a weekly basis, If his business is declining its because his prices were never competitive, 20$ for a case of cheap beer, 25$ for a 750ml of rum. Its a recession, Cub came in and gave people a better value for there dollar. This isn't even mentioning his paranoia about anyone under 40 wanting to steal from him.
You gotta admit, its pretty hard to operate a liquor store at a loss, Unless your alienating and gouging your customers.
Hate to ask, but did you drink that entire case of cheap beer before you wrote your comment, or do you allows put the dollar sign behind the amount, normally it would be $20.00 no big deal just wondering

Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

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Feb 13, 2010
 
one liquor store per 4000 people, so what?
my home town had 890 people..one liquor store per every 890 people..
In Bloomington you dont have to drive too far to find a liqour store, would be interesting, to know liqour stores per person there..they have cub liquour, sams club, MGM, syds, and lots of mom and pop stores and they all survive
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Da Crusher_RIP wrote:
All the profits from those stores goes into the general operating fund for the city.
You assume they are all profitable! It is not unusual for municipal liquor stores to lose money, which means taxpayers are subsidizing liquor consumption.

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