Businesses seeking liquor license in Northampton

Northampton is to have 30 liquor licenses

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A liquor license is available in Northampton, and now, there’s a line of businesses looking to get it. 22News is working for you with the details.

A man who owned a liquor license but wasn’t using it had the license revoked. Now, there are 12 other businesses looking to get it.

Mayor of Northampton David Narkewicz told 22News, “The license commission yesterday was developing a process of how they will evaluate folks who are applying for it. They even discussed whether or not they would use a random drawing process.”

The entire liquor license process could be about to change. On Tuesday, the state senate passed a bill that would return control to cities and towns.

Right now, the state puts a cap on liquor licenses through a formula based on population. Every time a community wants an extra liquor license, they have to get special approval from the state.

The state formula gives Northampton 30 liquor licenses, but at last check the city had 37.

One possible drawback to the change: more liquor licenses may devalue the existing ones, which are often sell for six figures and can be rolled into the sale of a business.

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