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Commerce grows as new business arrives, another expands

Public reaction mixed on new liquor store approval

A computer generated picture of what the exterior of the proposed new Patriot Buick GMC on Route 20. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2012
CHARLTON — Business seems to be growing in Charlton, as town boards approved the expansion of an existing one and new plans for another last week.

Selectmen held a public hearing Tuesday, May 15, regarding issuance of a liquor license to a new convenience/package store to be built on North Main Street where they considered a citizens' petition opposing the licensure.

More than 100 people signed the petition, arguing against issuing the proposed liquor license because of the new business' "close proximity to two already existing package stores" and "the increase of traffic at the intersections of Main Street, North Main Street, Masonic Home Road, Old Worcester Road, and L. Steven Road."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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