Beer and wine sales will be coming to a Sheetz store at the intersection of Allen Road and Ritner Highway in Carlisle.
Carlisle Borough Council passed a resolution at its Wednesday workshop meeting to transfer a restaurant retail liquor license from Shippensburg Borough to Carlisle.
Mark Kozar of Flaherty & O’Hara, the law firm handling the liquor license transfer for Sheetz, said the liquor code was amended in 2000 to allow the transfer of a license from any municipality in the county to another municipality in the county so long as a resolution is issued permitting the transfer.
Kozar said the timeline for the addition of beer and wine sales will be dependent on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
A cooler area at the store used to hold cold soda will be eliminated to make room for a beer cave, a walk-in area in which all the beer will be stored. Although the stores are open 24 hours, beer and wine sales would be limited to 7 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The door to the beer cave is locked each morning at 1:45 a.m.
Founded in 1952 with a single store in Altoona, Sheetz now has more than 600 stores in six states, and 256 of those stores sell beer and/or wine, including 54 stores in Pennsylvania.
Kozar said Sheetz has a comprehensive responsible alcohol management program in which all employees receive training from the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement on how to recognize fake identifications, visibly intoxicated people and pass-off situations. They will also be trained in interventional procedures, or TIP, training.
Sheetz also follows a 100-percent carding policy that uses a scanner to recognize fake or underage identifications. If more than one person comes to the register to buy beer or wine, all of them are carded. If one of them is underage, there is no sale and a record of the attempted purchase is made.
Sheetz will also sell a selection of single beers for on-premise consumption with a limit of two beers, which must be purchased with food. Kozar said this is not something that Sheetz wants to do, but is required as a result of court decisions.
“They don’t have happy hours. They don’t promote on-premise consumption at all. They actually prefer not to do it, but we’re forced to and, what we’ve seen in the 54 stores that are open and operating is there’s very little on-premises consumption,” he said.