March 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:05 p.m. CST
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ A circuit court ruling that upheld
granting of a package-store permit for a Sam's Club store planned
at Fayetteville will be appealed. That's according to the president
of the Arkansas Beverage Retailers Association, which fought the
permit before the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and then
filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
On March Third, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Ellen Brantly
upheld the A-B-C Board's granting of the permit.
Charles Singleton, lawyer for the group opposing the permit,
said it wasn't clear at this point whether the appeal would be
filed with the state Supreme Court or the state Court of Appeals.
But the state beverage retailer's group voted unanimously last week
to appeal Brantley's ruling.
The liquor-store group argues that Sam's Club, as a mass
retailer -- the bulk-sales stores are a division of Wal-Mart Stores
-- would be unfair competition for other liquor stores.