A Walnut Hills Dollar General store wants to sell alcohol and Cincinnati Police Department and several community groups are fighting to stop them.
Cincinnati Police Department says the Dollar General on William Howard Taft Road in Walnut Hills already has an “enormous amount of calls for service” without a liquor licenses, according to a City of Cincinnati recommendation report. CPD cites calls for services including robberies, thefts, trespassers and panhandlers. Police also notes the location of the store as “in close proximity to Douglas Elementary School.”
Walnut Hills Community Council, Walnut Hills Business Association and the City of Cincinnati's Department of Buildings and Inspections are also in objection to Dollar General selling alcohol.
The Dollar General Store in Walnut Hills and declined to comment on the issue. Dollar General's corporate offices have yet to comment on it.
According to Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Dolgen Midwest LLC., the company Dollar General operates under, has 313 stores which currently sells liquor in Ohio. Nine of those stores are in Hamilton County.
The Dollar General has filed for a liquor license with the state liquor control.
Cincinnati Council Members were supposed to discuss the issue at Wednesday's city council meeting. However, the discussion did not happen. The discussion will happen on April 13 at 10 a.m.
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