Licenses will go to Eddyville Wine & Spirits on Tanner Avenue in Eddyville; Molloy’s Korner Liquor & Wine on Ky. 93 South in Confederate; and Exit 40 Liquors in Kuttawa.
Molloy’s already has a beer license, said Lyon County ABC Administrator Kent Murphy.
Jim Daniel, owner of Exit 40 Liquors, believes package liquor sales will not only benefit his businesses but also all the businesses in Kuttawa.
“We hope that it will drive more traffic into all of Kuttawa,” Daniel said. “Convenience will be a big factor for all the residents of Kuttawa and Lyon County. Being on the Interstate, we hope to get some Livingston and Marshall County customers.”
He explained that taking Interstate 24 to Exit 40 is more convenient for Marshall and Livingston countians. “It’s easier to get on and off,” than some of the exits to the west, he said.
Exit 40 Liquors will be housed in the Marathon building, which will be expanded.
“It’s being sold, and we’re leasing it, and we’ll probably change it to an Exxon, and we’ll expand the building and put a dividing wall and a second entrance into it,” Daniel said. “The liquor store will be on the left hand side.”
Rick Chidester, owner of Molloy’s Korner, said he is pleased to be here and be a part of the county.
He anticipates his package store will attract more people to Lyon County’s southern section.
Molloy’s is located in Confederate at the corner of Ky. 93 South and Ky. 274.
Chidester plans to expand his convenience store there to house the package business, which he said will be completed within 60 days.
“I think the politicians did a very smart thing,” he said. “They put a package store in Kuttawa, one in Eddyville and one in the county, and all three (entities) will be able to collect taxes.
“Our area is mostly tourists, and we’ll be able to attract those tourists, and they will spend their money here.” he said, noting that tourist dollars turns over seven times in a community. “Some of that will be new money.”
No one with Eddyville Wine & Spirits could be reached for comment.
The three businesses were chosen from a field of eight applicants and were notified in a letter from Tony Dehner, distilled spirits administrator for Kentucky, dated July 29.
After voters ended a long dry spell in January, Lyon County became eligible for three quota package licenses.
Businesses not chosen for Lyon County’s quota retail package licenses were: Daniel Brothers Beer, Wine & Spirits and Wildcat Liquors, both of Eddyville; The Liquor Barn, Lake Barkley Wine & Spirits and Wildcat Liquors, all of Kuttawa.
Murphy said Food Giant has applied for a beer license but is still awaiting a decision from ABC.
Also still waiting are Hu-B’s and Buzzard Rock restaurants that have applied for package beer licenses.
Both eateries already have liquor by the drink under the state’s moist law, and endorsed by Kuttawa voters several years ago.
Los Agave’s Restaurant has applied for liquor and beer licenses by the drink but is also still awaiting ABCs’ decision.
Other businesses that already have received licenses to sell beer are: Five Star convenience stores in Eddyville and Kuttawa; Huck’s Travel Center, in Kuttawa, Max Arnold at Exit 40; the BP convenience store in Kuttawa; Holiday Hills Resort off Ky. 93 South; and Eddy Creek Beer & Wine.
As of July 1, Lyon County is able to collect a 6-percent sales tax on all beer, wine and liquor sold in the county.
The cities of Eddyville and Kuttawa also will be able to collect the tax on spirits sold within their boundaries.