The decision of whether to grant a liquor license to an incoming grocery store rests in Rockport hands now, after Gov. Deval Patrick last night signed off on state legislation to approve a liquor license for a grocery store in the town of Rockport.
Rockporters now just have to vote on whether or not the town should allocate the license. Selectmen will decide if the town should hold an early vote to ratify the license.
The legislation specifies that the license can be used only to sell wine and malt beverages by a full-service food store. The law explicitly prohibits the town from granting the license to a convenience store or specialty store.
Supporters of the legislation have long said the license to alcohol would attract potential grocers to Rockport by giving the grocers one more product to sell.
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Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.