Liquor at former floral shop

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Minneapolis city officials appear ready to approve a liquor store for the old Rosacker’s Floral Shop in Stinson Marketplace at 18th Avenue and Stinson Boulevard NE. The license application goes before the City Council’s Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee Monday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m. (after this Northeaster was printed), and could reach the entire Council April 13.

The store needs a conditional use permit to operate in the Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District, the zoning for the Stinson Marketplace building. That was approved in December.

The store’s proposed operating hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Owners are Robert Anderson, 47; Timothy Berg, 49 and Daniel Mays, 33.

The store’s operating plan calls for:

  • Asking for identification from anyone appearing to be 40 or younger
  • Staff training on hiring and annually after
  • Removing trash daily from the area within a 100-foot radius of the store
  • No mechanical amusement devices
  • Low-volume background music in the store, no external noise or outdoor speakers directly associated with the business. “Patrons and employees of the store will be reminded to be respectful of neighbors when it comes to noise issues.”
  • No charitable gambling is anticipated

City staff is recommending approval of the license application, with some conditions, including:

  • Keeping store front windows free of obstructions
  • No sales of alcoholic beverages in containers of 100 ml or smaller, no individual containers costing less than $3, no sales or refilling of “growlers,” no sales of 40-ounce beers.
  • No sales of lottery tickets