Northfield Food Mart seeks change of alcohol license

  • The new owner of Northfield Food Mart, Jody James, seeks a license that would permit the store to sell any alcoholic beverages. Recorder Staff/SHELBY ASHLINE

Recorder Staff
Sunday, March 19, 2017

NORTHFIELD — Jody James, who took over ownership of Northfield Food Mart in June, hopes to expand the local grocery store’s variety of alcoholic beverages by earning an all alcoholic retail license.

Currently, the store is licensed to sell only beer and wine. Based on requests from some of his customers, James hopes to add to his store’s selection.

“It would be nice to have the option because there’s no place in town where people can get (hard alcohol),” James said. “You have to go out of town to buy any hard liquor.”

James said he plans for a small selection of hard liquor, doing “a little bit of that just like we do a little bit of wine and beer.” He feels having hard liquor would augment his business while increasing convenience for customers.

“I think it could help with sales a little bit,” he said. “It’s as much for that as it is for convenience for people in town.”

Before the license can be changed, there will be a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, during the regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting. Residents are invited to voice their opinions concerning the license.

According to the Northfield town website, because Northfield Food Mart is within a 500-foot radius of the First Parish Unitarian Church, the Northfield Baptist Church and St. Patrick’s Church, a written objection from the governing body of any of the three churches must be filed with the Selectboard to oppose the issuance of the license.

Selectboard Chairman Jack Spanbauer said the change in license would also need to be approved by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

You can reach Shelby Ashline at: sashline@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 257