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East Albany Family Dollar denied alcohol license

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Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 7:36 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Customers won’t be seeing beer or wine bottles in an East Albany Family Dollar any time soon as the city moved to decline their request for an alcohol license.

In a 5-2 vote, the city voted Tuesday night for the Family Dollar on Maple Street to remain a convenience store for the community. Ward 2 City Commissioner Jalen Johnson said he got a lot of concerns from residents about the possible addition which is why he voted no.

“I voted no because my community wanted me to stand up for them and not add another alcohol establishment to that street because there are already a few on that same street,” he said.

Johnson said litter is a big issue in his ward.
Johnson said litter is a big issue in his ward.(WALB)

Specifically, there are two alcohol stores already on Maple Street. With a high crime rate, Johnson said it’s better to focus on bringing other things to East Albany to make it better.

“Now, we do know alcohol has a negative effect on individuals, but we have to look at every person as an individual and understand that they have their own self-responsibility. Nobody wants to see our community’s decline, we want to see our communities get better,” Johnson said.

Donny Green, pastor of Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church, said he was more than pleased with the city’s decision.

“People already drunk enough, and we don’t need more drunk people in our neighborhood,” he said.

Pastor Donny Green said that another alcohol store would have brought a bad rep to East Albany.
Pastor Donny Green said that another alcohol store would have brought a bad rep to East Albany.(WALB)

Green said the addition of another alcohol establishment would have just added on to the negative label he says East Albany already has.

“Don’t nobody want to move to the Eastside of Albany? I wonder why they don’t want to move over there. Because it has been labeled in such a way that people don’t want to purchase a house,” Green said.

Johson said maybe there will be more positive establishments coming to the East Albany area.

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