Demand High for Liquor Store Permits in Benton County

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More than 134 requests for liquor store applications have been received by the Alcoholic Beverage Control division and the window for acceptance will remain open about two more months.

Rick Crisman, deputy director of education for the ABC, told a crowd of about 100 people Thursday night (Dec. 6) only 55 permits for liquor stores would be awarded throughout the entire county.

Crisman spoke at town hall meeting in Bella Vista answering questions from business owners and residents about the protocol for selling liquor, beer and wine, now that the county is “wet.”

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