Arkville Country Market OK'd for beer sales
By Joe Moskowitz
The day Jay Renner has been waiting for and fighting for has finally arrived. The owner of the Arkville Country Market is proud to possess a brand new license from the State of New York that will allow him to sell beer to go. But it wasn’t easy.
As with any convenience store, beer is an important product. Beer sales alone make money and beer draws people into the store, which may prompt them to buy other items.
Previous owners of the store sold beer, but liquor licenses of all kinds aren’t transferable, and that’s where the nightmare began.
Renner was told at the outset by his attorney, John Fairbairn II, not to even attempt to get a license on his own.
It can be done, and it saves a considerable amount of money, or at least it appears to save money. But it takes so long and so many potential sales are lost that doing it yourself could, and probably will, cost more in the long run.
Martin Lerner of Roxbury’s Queens Mountain Cafe said it took him about a year to get a beer and wine license by doing it himself.
Renner was directed to Glen Kubista of Kingston. He is not a lawyer but is a former State Liquor Authority employee. In other words, he knows the rules and he knows the right people and he can speed up the process.
His fee for this type of license is $3,500. That’s about four times the cost of the license itself. There are many people in New York who do this kind of work.
Lots of delays
But Renner said that even though this was the “quick way,” seemingly everything went wrong. There weren’t the right or enough pictures of the food that is being sold. There were exterior photographs, but there needed to be aerial photographs. There were background checks and credit checks. He needed to be fingerprinted. He assumed that the fingerprints he submitted to the state to get a Lottery license and a permit to sell cigarettes would satisfy the liquor authorities.
Despite all of the delays, eight months later Renner has a temporary permit to sell beer at his Route 28 store.
In three months, if nothing bad happens, he will get a permanent permit. He will, however, have to be finger printed again.