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Liquor license at issue

By Staff | Oct 15, 2010

Moshen Sadeghzadeh recently opened a full service liquor store in Shepherdstown on Princess Street. He was granted a temporary liquor license. The Corporation of Shepherdstown told him that his license would be $1,500 a year.

He thought the price was a bit steep and researched almost 50 other towns in the state to see what their fees were. Here are some of his findings:

Vienna, W.Va. Pop. 10,861: Liquor store $500, serve beer $150, Serve wine $100.

Harper’s Ferry Pop. 307: Liquor store $500, serve beer $ 150, serve wine $100.

Shepherdstown Pop. 803: liquor store $1,500, serve beer $150, serve wine $100.

Sadeghzadeh thought the fee of $1,500 was too high.

He went to the town council meeting Tuesday to ask members to lower the fee based on his findings. The council agreed to do some further research and get back to him. His is the only liquor license that will be held in Shepherdstown at this time.

His temporary license was extended until further information can be gathered. He said he was “very pleased that they will consider this option.”

7-11 also sells liquor, but they are not in the city limits. The county does not charge a license fee.

His store is located at 207 S. Princess Street, and he is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.