It didn’t take long for one liquor store to plot its move to Euless after voters approved a measure allowing such stores.
Total Wine & More has submitted plans to locate in the trendy Glade Parks development, a high-traffic area north of Texas 121.
Euless voters approved allowing liquor stores in the Nov. 7 election.
Glade Parks features a mix of retail, residential and restaurants, from Dick’s Sporting Goods to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Cinepolis movie theater.
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Edward Cooper, vice president of public affairs for Total Wine & More, said residents in Euless, Colleyville, Grapevine and other nearby cities asked for a store to locate in the area.
“Customers in that part of North Texas said they would like the convenience of having a store closer to them,” Cooper said.
Already there is a liquor store, Halls Wine & Spirits, in Colleyville, less than a quarter-mile from Glade Parks. Other nearby liquor stores — including a Goody Goody Liquor Store and Bear Creek Spirits & Wine — are located a few miles away in Colleyville, on Texas 26.
Euless Mayor Linda Martin said the voters made it clear that they wanted to allow liquor stores within city limits.
“Our citizens spoke loudly and over 65 percent voted in favor of liquor sales,” Martin said. “We are, however, very mindful of those who are adamantly opposed. There are specific guidelines of where the stores can be located.”
Last summer, the city council voted to allow zoning for liquor stores in commercial areas such as Glade Parks, the Texas 121gateway, Founders Parc and the River Walk. Planning and development director Mike Collins previously told the Star-Telegram that liquor stores must meet the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission requirements of being 300 feet from homes, hospitals, churches and private schools.
Collins said Total Wine submitted a site plan to build a 25,000-square-foot store south of the 24-Hour Fitness in Glade Parks.
Collins said the City Council is scheduled to vote on the Total Wine plan in January.
Besides Total Wine & More, Collins said he has gotten calls from five people wanting information on other areas of the city where liquor stores are allowed.
Bedford bond election
In Bedford, voters narrowly approved the $70 million Phase Next project, which is a complete makeover of the well-known Boys Ranch Park. Phase Next includes building a multi-generational center emphasizing senior citizens and activities for families. It will include outdoor amenities such as an aquatic center, skate park, tennis courts and ball fields.
“Creating an exciting, new, inclusive, state-of-the-art park at the Boys Ranch that will serve all our residents and attract visitors from across the Metroplex is one pillar in our long-term strategy to establish Bedford as the place to be,” said Mayor Jim Griffin.
Griffin said there isn’t a timeline yet on which projects will be built first or when construction will start.
Senior staff is meeting this week to begin ironing out the details, he said.
He said the City Council could get project recommendations later this month or in December.
Correspondent Nicholas Sakelaris contributed to this report.