Jenkins is one step closer to alcohol sales

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

The sale of alcohol is a step closer to reality in one Letcher County city.

At last night's Jenkins city council meeting, there was a first reading for the drafted alcohol ordinance.

This comes just two months after voters approved sales by the drink in the city.

The proposed ordinance is similar to the one enacted in Whitesburg.

The only two differences are that the seating requirement for a restaurant is 50, and catering sales will count for the business's food percentage.

Mayor GC Kincer says there is big potential for business in the small town.

Jenkins is a city looking to grow. Officials just located into a bigger and better city hall, and hope that the future sales of alcohol will help continue the city's rebirth.

"If you wanna attract industry, you have to attract the people that are involved in the industry," said City Administrator Todd DePriest.

Mayor Kincer says people have already asked him about future sites for restaurants. But he says they probably will not go downtown.

"Every building has sold out. we don't really have any places available, and if they're going to do this, they'll have to create their own room," said Kincer.

He says there is room along Highway 23, an area he says is fertile ground for business.

Kincer says he has a vision that soon all the empty space will be occupied by hotels, restaurants, and maybe even a shopping center.

"I would compare it to 23 in Norton (Virginia.) Where Lowe's is on the left and the shopping center is on the right. It has that potential. We have the land, we have the traffic, we have the same traffic they have," said Kincer.

City officials say thousands of cars pass by the city everyday, and Mayor Kincer hopes soon those drivers will have more reasons to stop in Jenkins.

The second reading of the alcohol ordinance will be at the next city council meeting.

The city will also hire an Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator to oversee the law.

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