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Forward gives GetGo OK to pursue liquor license

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Forward Township supervisors have given developers of a proposed GetGo gas station the green light to pursue a license to sell liquor.

Supervisors met briefly Tuesday morning to vote on the matter.

The township's three supervisors approved the measure unanimously.

Representatives of GetGo and its parent company went before the supervisors earlier in February to seek necessary permission to bring a liquor license into the municipality from outside the community.

Supervisors delayed voting on the matter at the earlier meeting, opting instead to reconvene the meeting this week.

Board of supervisors chairman Tom DeRosa said the board delayed its vote to give the public time offer its input.

"We wanted to give everybody a chance to express the pros and cons. Nobody came forward with any cons," he said, adding, "It's going to be a $4 million building with a with a big tax base. It's hard to turn that down in this economy."

Provided the chain is able to obtain the liquor license, GetGo representatives say the proposed 5,700-square-foot store will sell beer and wine coolers from a separate register in a restaurant portion of the facility.

Planners say they expect 99 percent of their sales to be carryout six-packs, 12-packs and singles, though customers will have the option of consuming up to two drinks in the restaurant area of the shop with food.

An attorney for GetGo acknowledged at the earlier meeting that failure to obtain a liquor license could jeopardize the project.

The proposed convenience store and gas station is to be built at the intersection of Weigles Hill Road and Route 51.

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