The liquor store has been next door to a grocery store in Pasadena for almost two decades. The news broke last month that the Liquor Corporation was considering moving the business down the street to a nearby gas station because the contract was up for a five-year review, and last week the owners of the older location were told that by mid-October that they will shut their doors.
To be clear, this is not an indictment of the new management. A corporation spokesperson said last week that the hours will be better, following along the same hours as the gas station.
He said the Deer Lake Irving Big Stop’s Liquor Express is doing quite well at serving its customers since it was opened a few weeks ago. But a member of the old management team said last week that it feels like “They were fired” from their position. They received no indication that anything was wrong and they believe the decision was arbitrary.
The corporation’s explanation of “Trying to find ways to better serve our customers” at the end of a business contract seems a little hollow when you compare the two locations.
There’s better parking at the grocery store locale, with RV drivers not having to park on the road. However, the hours of the gas station are longer and there’s arrguably the same or more traffic heading through the door.
One of the arguments in town is that the grocery store location is a little more discrete — alcohol is perfectly legal but among some there is still a stigma associated with buying it. Ask a teacher confronted by one of her students when she’s holding a bottle of Chardonnay. It’s unfortunate the grocery store location was taken away with little explanation of why after 17 years of service. They deserve to know all the reasons, as do their supporters, who signed a petition asking for the business to be kept in place.
Business practices change; we all know that well. And while there is no right or wrong in this decision, keeping everyone abreast of the details of this decision wouldn’t hurt either business, or the patrons they both serve.