According to this article over at the Star Tribune, Burnsville is planning to take another look at their liquor laws beginning in June. The way that the laws are currently written, Costco would be prohibited from opening a new store in any of the Burnsville locations they have shown an interested in utilizing. This comes on the heels of rumor that Costco was looking to build in Eagan instead.
The news of a possible Costco in Burnsville goes back nearly a year to August of last year when the discount big box store was thinking about taking over the old Menard’s building on MN-13. Even at that time Costco was annoyed with the liquor regulations and complained that there just weren’t any suitable locations in all of Burnsville which did not fall under the mile as the crow flies between liquor store rule that is currently on the books.
Both Burnsville staff and councilmembers were interviewed for the article and Dan Kealey reportedly said that they are looking over the rules, as they should for any regulation, to ensure that it meets what’s going on in the rest of the area. The deputy city manager said that they’re not going to change the rule just because Costco is asking. In other words they’re doing it because Kautz is pulling strings behind closed doors and wants people from all over to come up to “her” store and fund her other failing pet projects. I wonder if Costco requires a drive-through?
Anyway, with Eagan and Rosemount the only other competitors in the area due to the ridiculous city owned liquor stores in the other surrounding communities, Burnsville must feel some serious pressure to get someone in the door that can save their tanking budget.
What do you think about the changes? Should Burnsville consider adopting new liquor laws to remove the one mile radius between liquor stores? Is the Burnsville city staff member fibbing a bit about not making a change to the liquor laws just for Costco? Whatever you feel about Burnsville’s liquor laws, go ahead and comment on and let everyone know what you think!