In 2015, the St. Louis Park City Council put in place a moratorium on issuing any new off-sale liquor licenses. During that time, the City Council took a look at limiting the number of licenses granted within the city, limiting the size of each establishment, or limiting the concentration of off sale liquor stores.
To date, the council hasn’t reached consensus on any specific action and the moratorium expired on December 31, 2015.
It has long been the position of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce that if the business in question meets the zoning and permitting requirements, there is no need to regulate the free market system. Because there are no law enforcement concerns as a result of off-sale liquor stores, the stance to limit based on some arbitrary factor for a specific type of business doesn’t make sense to us.
If a business is willing to take a risk and make an investment in a community, they should be permitted to do so, without the interference of, what may seem like, well-meaning regulation.