Burlingame Walgreens allowed to sell beer, wine — with conditions 

As long as outside displays of liquor products are kept to a minimum and cameras strictly monitor the indoors, the Walgreens on Broadway in Burlingame is permitted to sell beer and wine.

In a 4-1 vote, the Burlingame City Council approved the request from the drug retailer to expand its sales to include beer and wine at its 1160 Broadway location.

Vice Mayor Terry Nagel opposed the resolution, saying it was unnecessary.

“We already have six locations for beer and alcohol over our given four,” she said. “I don’t understand why we need another one.”

According to Bill Meeker, Burlingame’s community development director, there are already six establishments selling alcohol in that area of town, two more than the number allowed by the state’s Alcohol and Beverage Control. But many of those establishments are restaurants, not stand-alone liquor stores.

Walgreens began its effort to provide a one-stop shop for customers earlier this year, but has been met with resistance across the nation.

Company representatives have said the request in stores nationwide is in response to demand from customers, who do not want to drive all over town to pick up groceries, medicine and alcohol.

There are 16 Walgreens locations on the Peninsula.

Burlingame’s council approved the request — as long as the store complies with conditions set forth by the city’s police chief.

According to city documents, the company must limit its alcoholic display windows to minimize theft, increase camera monitoring to suppress crime, and support efforts to educate local students about the dangers of alcohol.

Though no member of the public commented for or against the retailer’s application at the Tuesday public hearing, Walgreens has not had a decision so easily in other parts of the Peninsula.

South San Francisco officials denied an application earlier this year for Walgreens to sell beer and wine at its Westborough Boulevard location at the request of the police department, attributing higher crime numbers to stores that sell alcohol.

Palo Alto city leaders did not take a stance in spite of opposition from the public. San Francisco officials have requested that legislation be drafted prohibiting the sale of alcohol in drugstores.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com


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Walgreens received approval to sell beer and wine at a Burlingame location.

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4 Venues in area allowed to sell beer and wine
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