More liquor flows in Sharp Co.

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Sharp County's newest liquor store opened its doors Monday.

T & C Sportsman's Liquor is the second store to open in the county since voters allowed the legal sale of liquor in November 2012.

The first store, Highland Package, opened back in August.

"I think it's all good talk," Ravenden resident Josie Haynes said. "I mean, everybody's glad it's here."

"I haven't heard anything bad about it," Ravenden resident Lowell Lawson said. "Better than going all the way to Missouri, having to spend more gas to go."

T & C Sportsman's Liquor sits right off Highway 63, two miles outside of Ravenden.

The store may be the second of its kind in Sharp County, but the owners said it comes in first in other categories.

"The one in Highland is open next to the Town and Country Grocers there at the Highland Mall, but this is the first new construction to be open," T & C Sportsman's Liquor co-owner Thomas Bagwell said. "Coming out of Jonesboro, heading to lakes and rivers on 63, we'll be the first they come to in Sharp County."

Bagwell said this first is the most important. He hopes the convenient location lures more locals.

"They love it," Bagwell said. "They say it's a great location. Boats, campers, four-wheelers, whatever you're pulling behind you, there's plenty of parking, easy access on and off the highway."

Bagwell also hopes to attract state and national travelers.

"There's a lot of people that go this way to go to Branson, to Springfield, the Bass Pro Shops, different places so I think it's going to be a good location for that," Bagwell said. "People going that direction to Spring River, but also to Mountain Home lakes, Bull Shoals."

"It's going to mean a lot for tourists coming in and everything," Haynes said. "It's pretty heavy. There's always a lot of people that come through here."

Bagwell said they even added some local flavor to the spot to give these customers an additional taste of the area.

"We made it a little rustic because that's what we are, the foothills," Bagwell said.

Bagwell and his brothers applied for the liquor license in March 2013. Now a year later, Bagwell said they opened just in time for the busy summer season.

"We've been aiming to be open way before now, but the weather slowed us down a bunch," Bagwell said. "But we're ready for business so come see us!"

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