January 24 2019

Total Wine & More Fails Compliance Check Within Months of Opening

By: Rich Hosford

The relatively new Total Wine & More in the Crossroads Plaza at 34 Cambridge Street did not make it a year before failing an alcohol compliance check.

According to the most recent Board of Selectmen meeting agenda the store’s management was expected to be before the board for a hearing last week. However, they asked for more time and the board agreed to postpone the hearing until their February 11 meeting.

When discussing the postponement the board was told by Town Administrator John Petrin that the Burlington Police Department conducted the sting over the holidays and attempted to address every establishment with a liquor license in town. There were a couple they weren’t able to process but they were able to hit the majority of businesses and that Total Wine was the only one to fail.

Under Board of Selectmen rules any business that fails a compliance check will have its license suspended for one day, typically the next Monday after the hearing. If a business fails a second time within a certain timeframe it will be subject to a 5-day suspension. Increasing penalties include 10 days for a third offense and 15 days for a fourth offense.

Total Wine & More opened on September 13 in the building that previously housed Bauer Hockey. It obtained the all-alcohol license previously held by Busa Wine & Spirits that was located across the plaza before closing in early 2018.


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