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Progress made in La Grange nearly a year after alcohol vote

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---For the last few months, La Grange residents have probably noticed a change when it comes to alcohol.

"Since the city of La Grange has gone wet, retail stores can now sell alcohol, 3 of which were granted by the state to sell distilled spirits. Your hard liquor and your wine," says Ryan Richins with Code Enforcement.

The Walgreens store in La Grange is advertising that they have beer.

Kroger is the second location selected to sell it in the city.

The third location is currently being built. It's going to be called All Aboard Liquors, and the owners say they hope to have it open in the next 2 months.

"Got the slab poured, we'll start framing Monday morning. We should have it framed in 5-7 days and we're off from there," says Dan Doty, one of the owners of the liquor store.

Dan Doty says they received their building permit in April.

His father, a former city mayor, bought this property in 1977 and had a vision about alcohol sales in the city even back then.

"As he planted trees in the area where the store is going to be, as he was planting them, he told me in 1977 that these trees come out. This is where the liquor store goes," says Dan Doty.

Before the vote last July, there were 7 restaurants that seated 100 or more people that already sold alcohol.

After the vote, it expanded to restaurants that seat 50 or more.

With that change, only one additional restaurant has applied for a permit.

Some community members are hoping the changes will encourage more out-of-town visitors to spend some time in La Grange.

"Folks, instead of going to Jefferson County, will eat here, shop here. And it will be an asset for the whole community. For the whole area actually," says Dan Doty.

 "Now this year they get to stay in La Grange and purchase their beer and distilled spirits here in town, so it's going to be a great impact to our economy," says Ryan Richins.

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