4 Tewksbury liquor stores fail liquor sales to minors compliance checks

TEWKSBURY, MA – Four liquor stores in Tewksbury have failed alcohol compliance checks carried out to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors, police say.

Police said the store that failed the check was:

  • AJ’s Beer, Wine & Convenience, 2316 Main St.
  • Lincoln Liquors, 10 Main St.
  • Main Street Liquors, Inc., 391 Main St.
  • Oakdale One Stop Liquors, 1900 Main St.

These violations will now be escalated to the select committee for disciplinary action which may include license suspension.

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“The Tewksbury Police Service and the Town of Tewksbury urge all business owners and licensees to work with us as we work to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors and the tragedies that can often ensue. “said Police Chief Ryan Columbus.

Columbus said stores received a letter on March 24 warning there would be compliance checks ahead. He also hosted a virtual meeting with business owners on March 31, during which he spoke at length about the importance of preventing sales to minors and how compliance checks work, police said.

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“The Tewksbury Police Department asks each of you to join us and work together to prevent any tragedy that may occur due to underage drinking,” Columbus wrote in the letter. “Prom and graduation season is approaching, and we hope you will join us in this initiative.”

Police said compliance checks took place on Thursday and Tewksbury officers worked with a 19-year-old to carry out 10 checks. Police said the following stores passed the test by asking for ID:

  • JC Spirits, 1699 Shawsheen Street.
  • Smitty’s Liquors, 1091 Main St.
  • Crystal General Store, 1120 Main St.
  • Hobart Country Store, 2514 Main St.
  • Convenience store Tewksbury, 156 Shawsheen St.
  • White Dove Pantry, 910 Andover St.

“I would like to thank the owners and staff of these establishments for taking this matter seriously and for ensuring that patrons are asked to show identification prior to the sale of alcohol,” said columbus. “These companies clearly got the message when we discussed the importance of preventing the sale of alcohol to minors.”

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