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Passage of Liquor Ordinance Postponed

Mayor Button says council still has questions, tables vote till later this month.

Township council held off voting on an ordinance, Monday night that would have amended the township code to allow alcohol sales.

Mayor John Button said council had just received the ordinance and felt it prudent to table a vote until their next meeting.

"We recognize this is important to the town," he said. "Everybody has their own set of questions. We want to make sure we get this right."

Button suggested council vote on the ordinance at its next regular meeting on Jan. 23. The other council members unanimously agreed.

If approved, the ordinance would lift the township's century-long ban on alcohol sales—per the results of November's referendum vote, in which Moorestonians voted roughly 2-1 to go "wet."

Moorestown Mall owner PREIT (Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust) has pledged to pay the township $4 million for four liquor licenses to use at restaurants at the mall. 

Townie January 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Don / Devo, They are market priced most of the time. There are licenses in Cherry Hill that sold for (roughly) $1.5M a few years ago that are worth half of that now. It's not a cost, it's a deposit...the owners can always sell the license.
Donnerstag January 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Hey Townie's Brownie! Interesting... Or you guys could go the other way sell some of them licenses for more than $1M ? Get the most bang for the towns buck. Hey preit or whoever could resell at higher price but moorestown would miss out. Twist it up a bit. Rock on , game on!
You didn't get that in writing? January 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Funny thing, nothing with this booze deal seems as it seems. Nothing was put in writing by PREIT. Just promises. What this a n accident? Who knows. What happens if Joey now feels, well, I will just do what I want. I am the boss, right? I can claim a host of problems. The dog ate my homework. Stuff like that. And, guess what, he can save his shareholders money and still do business. Let's just say, it was a short lived celebrity marriage. They are common these days, even in Moorestown, NJ.
booze for all January 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Let the operators determine where the licenses go. why just at the mall? how about allowing liquor everywhere? what's wrong with a nice bistro on main street?
Donnerstag January 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Yeah.. "justwondering" if there will be legal challenges because of what" booze for all " just said . Can it legally stand to just have booze just at te mall? I understand other zones in town have the same zone as the mall property. Why was the booze vote held up thosnpast council meeting? Council had to have more "discussions"? Any updates?

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