Davenport's city council approved a liquor license for a future down-town convenience store Wednesday night. Although it did not come easily.
Pardeep Mann currently runs a Stop & Save in Rock Island. He had plans to adding another store at 901 W. 2nd in Davenport. Hoping to buy the Majors Service Station. Those plans hinged on obtaining a liquor license from the city. Mann was surprised at just how much opposition was voiced to his obtaining that license.
Several people spoke in front of the City Council the last two weeks hoping to stop the project. Most worried about adding another package liquor outlet to the area. Several Alderman also voiced some concerns with the idea. Three of the ten voting to table the measure for next month.
In 2011 the council voted to remove a separation ordinance requiring there be at least 2,700 feet between businesses with a liquor license. Due to that vote several other Alderman including Bill Edmond and Shelia Burrage said it would be unfair for the council to deny Mann's request.
The license was approved 9-1. Afterwards Mann says he was appreciative of the council's decision and looked forward to opening the store.