First Liquor Store in 58 Years Opens in Marion County

BULL SHOALS, AR - The first liquor store in nearly 60 years in Marion County is scheduled to open this week.  County residents voted nine months ago to allow liquor sales in the formerly dry county.

Rich and Marie Hadzima plan to open Rich's Package Store in Bull Shoals.  That will be the first of four approved liquor stores in Marion County.  Yesterday, the Hadzimas finished last-minute details, such as posting prices on the shelves.

Other liquor stores that have received permits from the state include Lazy D. Spirits on Arkansas 178, L.J.'s Liquor in Pyatt and Marion County Liquor Inc. on U.S. 62 between Flippin and Yellville.

Several vendors in Marion County have already received permits from the state to sell beer and wine; permits to sell liquor are harder to obtain.  State law allows one liquor store per every 4,000 residents.

All four store owners were the winners of an April lottery for the right to apply for a limited number of liquor store licenses in the county.

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