Select Board members voted Tuesday against licensing another liquor store in downtown Plymouth.
PLYMOUTH – Select Board members voted Tuesday against licensing another liquor store in downtown Plymouth. With only four of these licenses left to dole out, a majority of board members said the downtown area has too many of these businesses to merit yet another one.
However, Select Board Chairman Ken Tavares said he changed his mind about the license after hearing Michael Kilfoyle pitch his plan for Ulysses Wine Shop at 52 Court St. Kilfoyle argued that Plymouth does not yet boast a specialty wine shop, and he said it would be a perfect addition to an area that is becoming a more cultural attraction, with fine dining and fine liquors and craft beers adding to the ambience. Kilfoyle stressed that his new store would give customers the option of shopping in a curated wine store, with fine wines ranging from $12 to $100.
Tavares said Kilfoyle presented his case so well that he convinced him that the new wine shop would be a welcome addition to the downtown.
Select Board member Shelagh Joyce also sided with Kilfoyle’s plan, noting that a wine store would be a novel attraction. With so many craft beer and hard liquor options in Plymouth, Joyce noted that the wine store would, indeed, fill a need.
The store would be located next to Martini’s and Maria’s Tailoring.
Select Board member Anthony Provenzano said he doesn’t doubt Kilfoyle’s character or expertise, but said the number of liquor stores in the immediate area indicates that there simply isn’t a need for another one.
The board voted three to two against granting the license. Kilfoyle asked if Select Board members Betty Cavacco and John Mahoney would elaborate on why they voted against his license, and was assured that the reasons would be documented in a written letter.
The board had heard the proposal in December, but had not voted on the plan.
Kilfoyle noted that he can appeal the board’s decision to the state but didn’t say if he planned to do that.
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