Booze bill would allow grocery to open near UGA

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Posted at 10:44 PM, Mar 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-31 22:44:00-04

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Officials in Athens are waiting for the governor to sign a change in state law that would allow stores to sell beer and wine closer to college campuses.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the bill that passed the state Legislature on its final day Thursday was designed to lure a grocery store to downtown Athens. The location of the proposed development is located less than a football field's length from the University of Georgia campus.

That posed a problem because developers say a grocery store would insist on selling beer and wine. And current state law bans any package sales of alcohol within 100 yards of a college campus.

State lawmakers voted to change the law to allow beer and wine sales as long as the local government approves.