Target will soon start selling liquor as part of a remodel they did in 2011 to their grocery section.
The store at 2355 W. Kettleman Lane has sold beer and wine since 2004, but it would like to start selling distilled spirits in the newly expanded grocery section, where they offer fresh produce and meat.
The Lodi Planning Commission in a unanimous vote approved the use permit for a different Alcohol Beverage Control license that will allow the retailer to sell distilled spirits. The commission also approved removing language from the permit that prevented Target from being able to serve single-servings of wine or other alcoholic beverage.
The language said, "No single serving containers shall be sold separately. All single serving beer and wine containers shall be sold as part of a pack or carton."
Since Target has not had any alcohol-related problems, city staff felt this language was not necessary, Lodi associate planner Immanuel Bereket said. He added that the language limiting single-servings is not geared toward retailers like Target.
"(The requirement) is meant to control convenience and liquor stores where we have alcohol-related issues but because Target runs its business cleanly and trains its employees well, we have had no alcohol-related problems," Bereket said.