Parkville Wine & Spirits Denied Liquor License

The owner of the former Burke's Pharmacy was denied a request for a liquor license at 8500 Harford Road during a hearing Monday.

The Baltimore County Liquor Board decided to deny the application for a new liquor license for the former site of Burke's Pharmacy at a hearing on Monday.

The proposed business—called Parkville Wine & Spirits—would have occupied the vacancy left at 8500 Harford Road when owner Patrick Burke closed Burke's Pharmacy near the end of 2011.

Burke and another man, Ian Lee, were listed as the applicants for the new license.

After hearing nearly two hours of testimony the liquor board denied the request based a lack of desire among area residents, among other factors.

"On the grounds of health, safety and welfare of the surrounding community," liquor board chairman Charles E. Klein said. "It's clear that the community immediately surrounding the location does not want a liquor store."

Back in March, the board denied a similar request for a new liquor license for the former site of Beverly Hochstedt florist in the 9500 block of Harford Road based on community outcry.

Representatives of the Greater Parkville Community Council, Parkville-Carney Business Professional Association and Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association testified against the new license at Monday's hearing.

Do you think the liquor board made the right decision? Should a new liquor store be allowed on Harford Road? Tell us in the comments.

Melissa August 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I don't think we need another liquor store on Harford Road. We already have one in Parkville Shopping Center and one a little north of the Beltway, plus several bars and pubs. I'd rather see something we don't already have several of, perhaps a cafe.
Jason Eaton August 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I'm still mourning the loss of Overlea Hobbies.
Lube August 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM
No liquior store!!!!


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