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Just Wait Til the County Puts Liquor Store There

WSOC relates that the owner of the shuttered Sonny’s BBQ store smack up against the McCrory Line on South Blvd. blames the $550m. project for destroying their business:

Theresa Randall, the owner of Sonny’s Barbecue, said she believed city officials in 2007 that the light rail would bring in business, but her faith faded fast.

“We were actually projecting an increase, but we actually saw a 25 to 30 percent decrease in sales over the three years we were there from when it opened to when we left,” she said.

Randall said customers and employees’ cars were broken into and that their patrons were approached for money in the parking lot.

“When they were coming in and bathing in our sinks or destroying our bathroom and they weren’t our customers, it created a problem,” Randall said.

As Meck Deck readers know, the Mecklenburg County liquor board plans to put an ABC Store at the site.

Liquor, bums, and public transit. Another key component of Detroit-on-the-Catawba in place.

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Lessons from Seattle

Hey, because I’m certain that no one who went on the Rent Seekers Guild excursion notices, Seattle transit is ready to cut back bus service — unless it gets a $20 per car hike in vehicle taxes.

You may return to your Uptown bubble now.

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