Stew Leonard's purchased the Discount Liquors Inc. store off Federal Road on Thursday and moved its wine store there overnight.Big business wins again. Yet, another loss for mom and pop stores in Danbury.
The move allows Stew Leonard's to put its wine shop closer to its dairy store and adheres to the city ordinance that prohibits one liquor store from being located within 2,000 feet of another liquor store.
At 9 a.m. today, Stew Leonard's Wines will open its doors in the larger building at 2 Nabby Road. Its former wine store at 59-67 Federal Road is closed and will not reopen.
Stew Leonard's tried for more than two years to convince Danbury to let it open a wine shop in its parking lot or next door, but city ordinances prohibited that. The Zoning Commission rejected Stew's plan in 2004; Stew's appealed the commission's decision in November 2005.
Common Council member Tom Saadi argued against approving the liquor store before both the Zoning Commission and in court. Saadi said the city's regulations help preserve neighborhoods.
"It looks like they did with the wallet what they couldn't do in court," Saadi said.
If you can't win in court...
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