POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:14pm
When Winona went wet, package stores starting moving in.
Some are fancier than others, but all operate under the same rules.
And all have run afoul of the rules to one degree or another. But you could count on one hand the violations from all the stores in Winona, except one. Tuckers.
Even in their old Kilgore location, Tuckers was far ahead of all stores in Gregg County in violations.
This store used to be known as Cowboys.
But their license expired in May of last year, and it merged with Tuckers, which closed its Kilgore store.
But if you walk up to Tuckers in the next few days, you’ll find only this sign, announcing its reopening.
But it’s not really a reopening. Their license has been temporarily suspended.
Now all the stores along this stretch of highway 155 have had violations of the law.
But Tuckers seems to have more than its share totaling, along with Cowboys, more than $15,000 in fines, including a couple of years ago, what amounts to bootlegging.
In 2010, Tuckers in Kilgore was found to have resold alcohol to the old Cowboys store in Winona.
That is against the law, and resulted in a $3000 fine for both stores.
A couple of years later, the two stores became one, and now that one is closed for 3 days for violations of reporting laws.
It concerns their business supplying alcohol to restaurants and others in Tyler. They didn’t report both cash and credit violations from their customers.
They could have paid $2700 in fines and stayed open.
They either didn’t, or couldn’t.