Tobey Road liquor store raises traffic concerns for Planning Board

Feb 27, 2018

The developers of a proposed liquor store in West Wareham were told that before construction can begin they must address traffic concerns.

The store's owner, Cape Cod-based Patriot Spirits, Inc., earned permission to move the shop earlier this year to 16-18 Tobey Road, where a new store would be built. Additionally, it would open under a new name, Liquor ’N More.

On Monday, a Patriot Spirits, Inc. representative appeared before the Planning Board seeking approval for the store's design plans. The project calls for demolishing four buildings on the .7-acre lot, located across the street from Walmart.

This summer, Selectmen approved a liquor license transfer request for RoseBrook Wine & Spirits. The store was located in a 2,900-square-foot space at 20 Rosebrook Place.

At the public hearing on Monday, Planning Board member Marc Bianco said he was worried about more traffic in an already busy area. Patriot Spirits partner Rob Chamberlain disagreed, saying he anticipates people already shopping at the nearby ALDI supermarket and Walmart will stop in the liquor store. Bianco also recommended a traffic impact assessment be done.

The impact of the liquor store on traffic would likely be minor, Chamberlain said.

"I don't think what we're proposing is outlandish, quite frankly," he said. "I think it's a very modest use of the property."

The move marks the second time in three years the license was transferred to a different location. The A.D. Makepeace Co. previously held the license. When they opened the mixed-use development RoseBrook Place on Cranberry Highway, the liquor license was transferred and the store opened as RoseBrook Wine & Spirits with a new owner.

Selectmen granted approval for the Tobey Road move after expressing doubts about adding a store to an area already home to two liquor stores, including a large one, Wines & More, and a family-owned operation, Anchor Liquors.

The building itself will be one story, with a sales floor of 3,700 square feet.

"We like to think it looks better than what's around us," Chamberlain said of the proposed building.

There will be 24 parking spots at the store and construction is expected to take six months.

Planning Board members asked Chamberlain to have a conversation with the residents on the road before returning to the board on March 26.