POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 4:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 6:43pm
Tyler, Texas — The local option votes were canvassed on November 19th and some businesses wasted no time getting their applications in.
Michael Howell, Senior Planner for the city of Tyler, says, "We've received a total of forty-one complete applications thus far." For example, Brookshire Grocery Company has applied for seven of their locations. Jerry Kidd Enterprises applied for five of their Kidd Jones locations and the city has completed twenty-two site visits so far. "We have sent those over to our legal department to do a final review and the city clerk will do the final sign off on those and that will be the end of the city's portion," said Howell.
However, some businesses are waiting to begin the process. Shelia Deaton, Meher Food Mart Store Manager, says, "We haven't applied yet, but were planning to, were hoping after the first of January to have it." Others, such as, the Citgo on S. Broadway have run into a road block. Howell says, "They cannot go for the application at this point, they are adjacent to a school which is outside of the distance requirement which is 300 ft."
Businesses like Citgo, and possibly Fresh by Brookshire's may have to go through what's called, a "special use permit process" in order to sell beer and wine due to their location.
Carolyn Beck, the Communications director for TABC says, "Before TABC will accept the application it has to be certified by the city to say that its not in violation of any distance requirements." Both the city of Tyler and TABC tell KETK the fastest and most efficient way to get through the applications is to approve them in groups.
If you're a businesses owner and interested in applying for a license you can go to the city of Tyler website at www.cityoftyler.org  and go to the link for new business ownership kit.