The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is considering the construction of a new warehouse and central office for its operations.
Some reports have a price tag approaching $100 million. However, State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle) said he has his concerns about the direction of the ABC Board before it embarks on such a massive undertaking.
During an appearance on Monday's broadcast of Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Stringer laid out one of those concerns.
"I've spoken to so many private businesses that sell alcohol, and to hear their horror stories in trying to purchase alcohol from the ABC Board or the state, it embarrassing to the point they make orders and whenever they show up to pick up, they give them what they want to give them," Stringer outlined. "And either they take it, or they don't. That's just not good customer service."
"And the fact the state is doing that, and we oversee the alcohol business, I mean, it puts these private companies into predicaments where, you know, how dare them say anything out of fear of getting their license pulled or any other repercussions," he continued. "So, you know, I just really have my concerns about the state being in the alcohol business."
Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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