Shoppers at CJ’s Quick Stop have noticed a few new additions to the convenience store in the past few weeks, Owner Roy Johnson said. A trio of neon alcohol signs have appeared inside his store and he added the alcoholic beverages are soon to follow.
“I’m at 100 percent now,” Johnson said about completion of his work with the alcohol permitting process. “I’m just waiting on the decision.”
His paperwork for alcohol sales for off-premesis consumption is with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission now, he also said.
TABC Director of Communications Carolyn Beck said it usually takes a few weeks at the organization’s headquarters in Austin to return a permit once a local business owner’s regional work is complete; work such as passing an application to sell alcohol through city and county channels.
“If a region has recently gone wet and many businesses are applying at once the process can take longer,” Beck said. “It can take as long as six to eight weeks.”
Johnson said he began working on his application the day after alcohol was approved for sale by Jacksonville voters during the May elections and sent his application in not long afterward.
“I don’t know when the notice will come back. I can have beer in here the next day (after notice of approval is returned),” Johnson said. “I will do it as quick as possible. It will be good to get another revenue source in here.”
Brookshire Bros. Assistant Store Director Jimmy George said his store could be between two and three weeks out of placing alcohol on the shelves.
“It’s hard to put a handle on the time,” George said.
He also said customers have asked him about alcohol sales and are curious as to when the drinks will be available.
“We’re working as fast as we can,” George said.
George added space will be cleared for the new products beginning June 21.
“We’re ready to go. It can’t come quick enough,” George said. “It’s in TABC’s hands.”
Representatives from WalMart in Jacksonville did not return calls by press time.
The following Jacksonville businesses have applied for TABC permits to sell alcoholic beverages, either for off-premesis or on-site consumption:
• CJ’s Quick Stop
• Super Gallo
• Sadler’s Kitchen
• Thomas Oil FasFill (two locations on East Rusk)
• Tienda La Juanita
•La Juanita Restaurant
• Lindo Mexico
• Jalapeno Tree
• Fast Fuels
• Brookshire Bros.
• Don’s Food Mart