ARLINGTON — Its shelves are neatly lined with row after row of whiskey, vodka, cognac and even moonshine. Just four months after voters approved package liquor stores to open within the city limits, Arlington’s first such business is ready for customers.Liquor Depot Express, 2801 E. Pioneer Parkway, is set to open today. The 3,000-square-foot shop, located east of Texas 360, features a variety of liquors, including brands from local distilleries, owner Kareem Hakemy said.The family owns about 15 liquor stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including one in Dalworthington Gardens. The owners started scouting out possible Arlington locations shortly after the Nov. 5 election, in which nearly two-thirds of voters approved allowing package liquor stores to open within the city limits.“We’re very excited to open in Arlington,” Hakemy said.Residents have been able to buy wine and beer at grocery stores within the city limits but previously they had to travel to Dalworthington Gardens or Pantego, which are small municipalities located inside Arlington’s borders, or neighboring cities such as Fort Worth if they wanted to buy hard liquor. It won’t be long before Liquor Depot Express has competitors.Arlington has approved two permits for two other liquor stores to open: Thursty’s Liquor at 1901 Southeast Parkway and Liquor Warehouse at 2125 E. Division St., according to the city secretary’s office.
Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639 Twitter: @susanschrock