- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Though studies have shown Utah needs more liquor stores to meet demand, Gov. Gary Herbert has not chosen to include new stores in his budget this year as many cities don’t want the burden.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/20qrUBI ) that on Wednesday Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Salvador Petilos told legislators that only West Valley City has agreed to host one of the 12 state liquor stores studies suggest are needed along the Wasatch Front.

The 2013 study by the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah recommended seven new stores in Salt Lake County, but Petilos says few cities are willing to have a store, especially where they are most needed.

Petilos says there have been similar problems in Davis County, though Syracuse has agreed to one store.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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