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January 7, 2013

Store accused of selling alcohol to minors sells license

Bradford Shell sells liquor license after facing 6 violations

HAVERHILL — A store that police said sold alcohol to minors several times has given up its liquor license.

Bradford Shell sold its license to another business in the city.

The sale marks the final chapter of a story that pitted the business against police and the city’s License Commission after the store was caught selling alcohol to minors for the sixth time since 2002, according to investigators.

When the License Commission met last Thursday, Chairman Joseph Edwards and commissioners Gerald Sewell and Tim Coco unanimously approved the sale of Bradford Shell’s liquor license to QwikMart, a convenience store and gas station at 764 Main St.

“It’s a new owner who we’ve had good experience with at other locations in the city,” Coco said. “I did not anticipate this (the request to sell the license) but apparently sometime between meetings it was placed on the agenda.”

When the Eagle-Tribune contacted Bradford Shell, an employee said the business is now owned by Nouria Energy. According the company’s website, Nouria Energy manages more than 50 service stations in New England. Bradford Shell, 154 S. Main St., is a gas station and convenience store in Central Square in the city’s Bradford section.

Coco said QwikMart’s attorney Theodore Xenakis of Haverhill presented a “very complete” 78-page application that answered most if not all of the commission’s questions at last week’s meeting.

Coco said one of the few questions asked came from commission member Sewell, who was curious about whether there is enough space in the QwikMart building to sell alcoholic beverages. Coco said the owner indicated he was going to remove a coffee sales area to make room because the business wasn’t selling much coffee. A Dunkin Donuts is on the opposite side of Main Street from the QwikMart.

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