“It’ll be good for the city, as far as taxes are concerned. We haven’t had a liquor store close by since I’ve been here, and that’s been a while,” explained Kenny Johnson, who lives in Brandon.
Before the vote, neighbors said the closest liquor store was about a 20 to 25 minute drive away. The decision will allow stores to operate as long as they are 1,800-square feet and are located in the community district.
“Well, it’s about time. They could make more income with the stores closer to home, plus a lot of people around here were pushing for this move,” said Marquise Gilmore, who lives in Brandon.
Overall, Brandon neighbors are happy with the final decision. A petition with almost 400 signatures was put together by neighbors in the area to bring liquor stores to the city.