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Batavia Pantry to become liquor store

Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 7:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 10:38 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The owners of Batavia Pantry have been given permission to convert the business into a liquor store.

Batavia aldermen Monday approved the request. Batavia Pantry, which currently does not sell alcohol, is in a shopping center at Wilson Street and Raddant Road on the city’s east side.

Yogi Patel, whose father owns the store, said the transition will take a few months. The new store will be called Batavia Pantry and Liquor, and it also will sell snacks, but no groceries or packaged food, Patel said.

Patel said the store has been struggling since it opened more than a year ago. Chicago Pizza and Catering is the only other business in the shopping center.

“We are not selling many groceries,” Patel said. “It is hard to survive.”

City staff had recommended approval of the change.

“The loss of the food aspect will be detrimental to the area, but it has not been successful anyway,” Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said in a memo to aldermen.

As a Class B liquor license holder, the store can be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

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