Liquor stores close early for State Patty’s Day

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 28, 2014 

Add liquor stores to the list of establishments that won’t serve alcohol Saturday on State Patty’s Day.

A spokeswoman with the state Liquor Control Board confirmed Friday that four State College area Wine and Spirits stores closed at 6 p.m. Friday and won’t open their doors Saturday on the student-created drinking holiday.

“As in past years, local leaders asked the board to consider modifying our store hours to help in their efforts to deter the irresponsible drinking that takes place on State Patty’s Day,” spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman said in an email. “We understand the significant negative impact that the event has had on the community over the years.

“While the board has to consider a number of factors, including the inconvenience of a closure on law-abiding consumers and our licensing community, as well as the financial ramifications, the board also weighs the impact of the closure on the health and welfare of the community,” she said. “In the end, as a community partner, the board wanted to support the community’s efforts so they decided to again modify the hours. We’re hopeful all of their proactive outreach will make a difference.”

Penn State paid $186,250 to 34 downtown State College businesses and $25,000 to five beer distributors in exchange for agreements that they will either prohibit the sale of alcohol or close Saturday.

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