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April 26, 2011

Walgreens Likely to Drop Lawsuit Against City

Walgreens will likely drop the lawsuit they filed against the city late last year after Rapid City Council voted against giving the LaCrosse street location a liquor license.  The council reversed its decision last Monday, voting 6-4 in favor of granting the chain a license to sell alcohol.  Residents living nearby the Walgreens are upset, saying that the law favors business over the wishes of citizens, and that sales of liquor in their neighborhood could lead to increased crime and litter.

From the Rapid City Journal:

"Walgreens is expected to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Rapid City after the City Council last Monday approved a package liquor license for the store at 1125 N. La Crosse St.

Much like last year’s fight over a video lottery casino on North Haines Avenue, this case raised the issue of how much discretion the council has when deciding whether a business will have a negative impact on its neighborhood."

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