Sheetz liquor license OK’d

Logan approves permit transfer to Frankstown store

The Logan Township supervisors recently approved the transfer of a liquor license from outside the municipality to the Sheetz on Frankstown Road, so the convenience store can sell beer and wine.

The approval clears the way for the company to apply to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for its approval, as indicated by prior instances in which municipalities hold hearings on license transfer requests.

Based on a recent LCB advisory, Sheetz does not expect to serve alcohol in the store, said Sheetz attorney Mark Kozar of Flaherty & O’Hara, Pittsburgh.

The company hasn’t wanted to do that from the start of its effort to obtain licenses to sell alcohol, but a legal action by the Malt Beverage Distributor’s Association of Pennsylvania led to a State Supreme Court ruling that required it — at least until recently, Kozar said.

“So it will go back to what we wanted originally,” Kozar told the board.

Supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson asked Police Chief Dave Reese if the store has generated significant problems.

No, Reese said.

There have been routine calls, but “nothing stands out,” Reese stated.

Sheetz had one liquor code violation early in its sale of alcohol, at the 17th Street super store, where it got its first license, Kozar said.

It was for a sale to a minor, he said.

After that, the company started to card 100 percent of customers seeking to buy alcohol and installed cash register scanners that flag fake or expired cards, he said.

There have been no violations since then, he said.

All members of groups who come in together to buy alcohol get carded, Kozar said.

All employees receive Re­sponsible Alcohol Manage­ment Program (RAMP) training, which includes instruction on how to recognize fake ID cards and drunkenness, he said.

They must take a refresher course every two years.

They also receive computer-based company training, he said.

There are 30 to 40 security cameras that cover “almost every square inch” inside or outside, monitored from a corporate operations center, where security experts can help employees through issues, which, if they be­come unmanageable, generate calls to local police, Kozar said.

“Responsible management, well-trained employees,” Kozar said.

The restaurant license re­quires at least 30 seats, food sales and 400 square feet of floor space, Kozar said.

Sheetz bought the license at auction recently.

It had been revoked in 2000, Kozar said.

Sheetz currently has 129 stores in Pennsylvania with liquor licenses, with seven more approved but not activated and 22 others “pending,” Kozar said.

Supervisor Ed Frontino abstained from the vote, which was otherwise unanimous, citing a potential conflict of interest.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.