Des Moines, Iowa – The number of stores selling alcohol increased again in the past year.
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division spokesman, Tyler Ackerson, says the fiscal year that ended in June showed an increase in licenses.
The increase in new liquor licenses was caused primarily by convenience stores.
He says the law changed in 2001 to allow convenience stores to sell liquor, and he says that’s where they see the most growth. Convenience stores made up around 50 percent of the class E licenses. The IABD suspended the licenses of 70 retailers in the last fiscal year.
He says there are a couple of other issues that would cause a license to be pulled.
Ackerson says they collected 157-thousand dollars in penalties for those who broke the rules while selling or serving of alcohol and. Those violations include things like selling to underage individuals or selling after hours.