- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - An auto shop owner in Bethel is hoping to turn his property into the city’s next liquor store.

Cezary Maczynski is in the process of applying for the final package store liquor license available in Bethel, KYUK-AM reported (https://bit.ly/2hdMM3K ). He is currently making sure his aging garage is up to city code before passing the decision off to the state alcohol board.

Maczynski’s Cezary Auto is aging, but he said a garage out back could make a good location for a package store.

Maczynski said he has long been a supporter of town programs and that if his application for a liquor store is approved he will use the profits to support positive efforts in the area.

“If I get a liquor store, I don’t have to have it, but if I get that, mostly the money will be used to sponsor positive things in Bethel. And I would like to leave some things with my name after. my life,” Maczynski said.

Maczynski plans to present his plans to the council in their regular meeting next Tuesday. The city will either recommend against it or take no action before sending it to the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for final consideration. Maczynski said he hopes to open Kusko Liquor by next summer if all goes well.

Bethel opened its first liquor store in more than 40 years earlier this year and has since approved a second store. In all, the city is allowed three package stores - one for every 3,000 people, and one restaurant liquor license per 1,500 people.

Currently only one restaurant serves beer and wine.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org


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