Residents of Washington Grove are fighting the license renewal of a beer and wine store just across the town's border.
About 25 residents representing the town asked the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners last week not to renew the carryout liquor license of the Corner Beer Wine and Cheese store on East Diamond Avenue, saying patrons have been loitering, drinking and littering in Washington Grove, just across the three-lane highway.
Washington Grove has been a "dry" town since it was incorporated in 1937. Town Clerk Nancy Forquer said patrons of the store use the parking lot across the street in Washington Grove because there is not enough parking at the store.
John Bell, owner of the shopping center, told the council that beer bottles have been left in the lot, Forquer said.
Roland Ray, owner of the store, said in an interview that in the five years he has been in business he has never been called before the county board for any violations of liquor laws. His beer and wine license expires April 30.
"I don't feel I could be responsible any more than the 7-Eleven across the street could be responsible for debris left by their customers," Ray said.