County OKs retail liquor license west of RivertonOct 25, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
A store that recently opened west of Riverton soon will begin selling alcohol.
The Fremont County Commission approved a new retail liquor license for the establishment on Tuesday.
P.M.S. Fireworks and More opened in June selling fireworks, but co-owners and brothers Jim and Paul Wehr would like to expand their business.
"My ultimate future is I want to open up a c-store out there," Paul Wehr told commissioners during a meeting Tuesday at the Fremont County Courthouse. "I've got fireworks for sale right now, and I'm working on a food license."
The store is located about seven miles west of Riverton on U.S. Highway 26 near 8 Mile Road.
A retail liquor license allows the sale of liquor and malt beverages for consumption on or off the site of the business.
Commission administrative secretary Becky Enos told the county board P.M.S. had filled out its liquor-license application correctly and that Fremont County had not assigned all of its liquor licenses. The county still had about 10 licenses it could give out, Enos said.
Commissioner Travis Becker of Riverton recommended the Wehrs have their staff undergo training available from the state to learn how to recognize when customers are intoxicated.
"With it being out there, a concern might be those who might be enjoying their things and want to refill," Becker said. "My concern would be making sure you and your staff can see that and be advised who they should sell to or not."
Paul Wehr said he was looking into the program, but the brothers do not plan to allow customers to drink alcohol at the store.
"This is a convenience store," Wehr said. "You buy and you go."
In an interview, the Wehrs said they opened the store because they thought it would be a good location.
"We're eight miles from everything," Paul Wehr said.
"It's a good half-way point," Jim Wehr said.
They both live on the premises as well and said business has been good so far. Though fireworks and alcohol could be a dangerous mix, the Wehrs were confident they could responsibly sell the products alongside each other.
"We did a good sale on the fireworks this year and didn't have any mishaps," Jim Wehr said.
Commissioners Larry Allen, Becker, Andrea Clifford and Ray Price voted for granting P.M.S.'s liquor license. Commission chairman Doug Thompson voted against doing so.