DALLAS — The owner of a small convenience store near Sunset High School in Oak Cliff has tried three times to get a permit to sell beer and wine at his U Stop store at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Brighton Avenue.
On Wednesday, for the third time, owner Patrick Henson left City Hall disappointed after the City Council once again shot down his request for a permit.
“It’s not fair," Henson said. "That’s how we feel. It’s not fair.”
Henson and his supporters said selling beer and wine would make his store more competitive, but Dallas City Council member Delia Jasso said there were too many complaints.
“They’re very afraid that the sale of beer and wine is going to hurt the neighborhood.” Jasso said, before recommending that the permit be denied.
No one opposed to the permit showed up at Wednesday’s Council meeting.
Mark Fletcher lives near the U Stop, and he supports the permit.
“For Councilwoman Jasso to mention that she has received numerous complaints — where were they?" Fletcher asked.
Many of the complaints focused on the U Stop being so close to Sunset High School, but a 7-Eleven store is under construction at the corner of Hampton and Jefferson. It will sell beer, despite being just as close to the school.
Anna Procaccini lives across the street from the U Stop. She’s opposed to beer and wine being sold. She claims the store already attracts loiterers and drug activity.
“I don’t want beer bottles added to the plastic soda bottles, chip bags, and lotto tickets that I pick up out of my front yard every day,” Procaccini said.
For now though, there will be no beer at U Stop, and Patrick Henson said there will be no more attempts to secure a permit.