First legal beer sales occur at Five Points

The first sale of packaged alcohol happened today at 2:10 p.m. at the Five Star Marathon convenience store, located at Five Points in Murray. || Ed Marlowe/Staff writer

The first sale of packaged alcohol happened today at 2:10 p.m. at the Five Star Marathon convenience store, located at Five Points in Murray. || Ed Marlowe/The News

At 2:10 p.m., customers swarmed the Five Star Marathon cashier with cases of packaged beer in tow.

It was the first transactions for packaged beer in the history of Murray.

City Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator Kendra Clere delivered the city license just moments before sales occurred, having put the location in compliance with state and city laws requiring establishments to obtain proper licensing before selling alcoholic beverages to the public.

On Friday afternoon, after having been stocked by Miller and Budweiser Distributing Co., Five Star Marathon began erroneously selling alcohol to customers before obtaining their city licensing.

Clere said the entire situation was just a mix-up and has already been handled within city jurisdiction.

“There was just a misunderstanding,” Clere said. “Five Star thought that because they already had their state license they could start selling, but they didn’t have their city license. Without having their city license and having it posted like it was supposed to be, they technically couldn’t sell because they were in violation with city policies.”

Under newly drafted city laws, employees of Five Star Marathon will have up to 30 days to receive the training required to sell alcohol to the public.

Since the convenient store is a newly approved establishment, however, Clere said the store is able to sell to the public, and local authorities have been alerted of the high volume of traffic possible at the location.

“I have alerted them just for the overflow right now,” she said. “This is brand new, and I have alerted them to come in and just do walkthroughs just because of the amount of traffic they are going to have in the next 30 to 40 minutes.”

While Five Star Marathon was the first place to begin selling alcohol in the city, Max Fuel Express/BP on Hwy. 641 received their city licensing first, but Clere said they have not been stocked and are not ready to begin their sales.


Written by Edward Marlowe, Staff writer.

15 Comments on "First legal beer sales occur at Five Points"

  1. damn, theyre only six years late…

    • Craig Winholtz | October 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm |

      My parents had a place in Kentucky in land between the lakes for years. Long drive for beer.

  2. Greg Taylor | October 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm |

    Wondering why they wouldn't go ahead and get their staff trained BEFORE opening up their alcohol sales. Seems like some potential liability to me. If someone is killed by a guy that got his beer here, I would love to be their attorney.

  3. Greg Taylor | October 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

    Seems like some potential liability here if their untrained staff sells to a minor or someone that then goes out and causes mayhem. But that's just me.

  4. Mark Randall | October 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm |

    Laws already being broken! Yikes

  5. Though it is long overdue, I do feel for the package alcohol establishments closest to calloway in the surrounding counties.

  6. Jeanetta Robles | October 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm |

    As long as they check IDs its not an issue.

    • i don't think checking IDs would be an issue, if i were employed at 5points, i would go ahead and assume that everyone who walks through the door (without gray hair) is a 19 year old dorm resident.

  7. Yeah was their first "legal" sale. lol

  8. holy shit, selling to minors? they might not know that there's a law against that. better go tell them that 14 year olds are not allowed to buy beer. this is much needed progress. beer is available, not manditory. anyone choosing not to buy it still has just as much right to NOT BUY IT. i, for one, am glad that anyone choosing to purchase alcohol now has the ability to walk to the store, ya know… lower our carbon foot print, there is no longer a 20 minute drive.

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