Any local stores wanting to sell beer and wine will have to wait a few more days before seeking an official state permit to do so.

Both City of Greenville and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) officials said Wednesday the submission of permits is dependent on the Hunt County Commissioners Court making the results of Tuesday’s election official.

“Nothing can happen until after the county canvasses the vote,” said City of Greenville Community Relations Manager Lori Philyaw.

Greenville city officials met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the impact of the passage of two local propositions on Tuesday’s election ballot.

Voters approved the sales of beer and wine at Greenville stores, as well as an end to the need to join a private club in order to purchase alcohol at Greenville restaurants.

Proposition 1 asked whether voters were for or against, “The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.” The measure received 4,219 votes for (56.57 percent) to 3,239 ballots against (43.43 percent).

Proposition 2 asked whether voters were for or against, “The legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only,” in other words, allowing the sale without the need to join a private club. The measure passed with 4,714 votes for (63.48 percent) to 2,712 votes against (36.52 percent).

O.T. Griffin, Compliance Supervisor with the TABC regional office in Dallas, also said submitting any permits for sales will have to wait for the canvassing of the results by the Hunt County Commissioners Court, scheduled for next Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“Once it signs off and says go, then applications for permits will be accepted through our office,” Griffin said.

The corporate offices of Brookshires Food Stores in Tyler and Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Ark., were among the businesses contributing to the Greenville Citizens for Economic Progress group, which circulated the petition seeking to have the propositions placed on the November ballot.

Philyaw said city officials also discussed issues related to private clubs, which had been subject to local zoning regulations as to where they would be allowed to operate, now that there will no longer by any private clubs in Greenville.

“We’re still reviewing that to see if any action is required,” Philyaw said.

Greenville was one of eight Texas cities and two Texas counties where alcohol-related propositions passed Tuesday.

“These Election Day victories represent a big win for the Texas hospitality industry, consumers and local governments,” said Ricky Knox, president of the Texas Hospitality Association (THA). "Our organization will take the lead in the new areas that have approved alcohol sales to make sure training and educational information is made available to the hospitality industry to prevent underage drinking. THA wants to make sure everyone knows the law.”

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