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Add the Giant grocery store on Pauline Drive to the list of York County locations where residents will be able to buy beer and wine in 2019.  

The York Township Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 12, voted 4-0 to approve the transfer of a liquor license to the grocery store. 

When Pennsylvania's liquor laws changed a few years ago, allowing chains like Giant to sell beer and wine, the company saw an opportunity to meet customer demand and consumer convenience, said Colin Heap, the chain's manager of special projects.

“It was a natural fit for us,” he said.

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Ellen Freeman, an attorney at Flaherty & O’Hara, which represents Giant, said the company has a sterling reputation for taking safety measures seriously. She said training is uniform in each location where there is a beer garden.

“Giant Food Stores currently operates 65 other beer gardens in Pennsylvania,” Freeman said. “The closest operations to York Township is on Carlisle Road in York. That has been open and operating for about two years now.”

There are five locations in York County that currently operate a liquor license, she said.

The former pet supply store adjacent to the 275 Pauline Drive grocery store is now vacant, Freeman explained. Giant leases that lot and will be putting its beer garden in that space, she said.

There will be limitations as to how much beer and wine can be purchased, Freeman confirmed. Consumers can purchase up to two six packs to go, depending on configuration of the beer’s ounces, and up to 3,000 milliliters of wine, or four standard bottles, she said.

Patrons can drink the alcohol on site, but they must also purchase something to eat, Freeman said. Giant doesn't make a significant amount of money in consumption on premises, about 5 percent of their liquor sales, she added. 

Construction of the beer garden and eatery would begin at the end of October and carry over into early 2019, Heap confirmed. 

Once it's open, inventory will be protected using locks and security cameras, Heap said.

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