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Walmart’s alcohol sales suspended

By Jordyn Dahl Herald staff writer

Walmart’s liquor license has been suspended for 18 days after the supercenter sold alcohol to a minor.

On Jan. 14, 2012, a 20-year-old purchaser with the Department of Revenue’s Liquor Enforcement Division bought a Bud Light malt beverage, according to a notice of hearing provided to The Durango Herald.

The store has a 3.2-percent beer license. Under Colorado law, grocery and convenience stores cannot sell beer above 3.2 percent, liquor or wine.

Walmart agreed to a 30-day suspension, but the license will be actively suspended only from July 1 to July 18.

The other twelve days will be held in suspension for one year. If the store violates Colorado beer or liquor codes within that year, the store will have to serve the rest of the license suspension.

Signs are posted around the building notifying customers.

“Selling alcohol to a minor is clearly unacceptable, and we recognize this is a serious matter, said Ashley Hardie, spokeswoman for Walmart.

The store is re-emphasizing its liquor policy with employees, Hardie said.

jdahl@durangoherald.com

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