Today’s meeting was particularly intriguing because a elementary topic was introduced, a businessman looking to get a liquor license. This was the first meeting we attended in which the time allotted to public comment was used. The business owner, Marmel Corporation is trying to open a liquor shop that specializes in the distribution of middle eastern liquor in Arapahoe Road area. The reason this is up for discussion is because there are four other shops within a one mile radius of this location that also supply people with liquor. The entrepreneur claims that this area is the perfect place for his shop because of the high exposure, since the area is adjacent to a busy highway. The only problem with this is that the other business owners in the area do not want another shop opening so close to them because it might redirect customers away from their shops. With that being said, those business owners are fighting to disallow Marmel Corporation’s request for a liquor license.
I think that this issue is interesting because these business owners, who had to apply for a liquor license are fighting Marmel Corporation’s request. Another thing that should be noted about this issue is that the United States operates with a market economy. A substantial part of a market economy is competition. Competition is great for many reasons. Competition allows us to have the lowest prices, it allows companies to work harder to give us the best products they can and it promotes a higher standard of living. These business owners had to apply for a liquor license too, what if the current business owners tried to disallow them the right to get their license? Marmel Corporation is where they were whenever they started their business. I think the Council made the right choice by allowing the business owner to have the license. I think the Council made the correct decision by allowing Marmel Corporation to have their liquor license.