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Story published: 03-05-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Five Point Grocery to close March 31

By Karen Sells
Assistant Editor

Gladys Williford appeared before the Washington County Beer Board during its Feb. 28 meeting to request an off-premise permit for a new business she plans to open called, The Point.

Williford said Five Point Grocery is closing Sunday, March 31. (Owner Kelly Street) has signed the papers, she noted.

The longtime business is closing due to a state project at the Five Points intersection. Plans to construct a traffic circle there will require the state to demolish the grocery store.

Last week, Williford told Beer Board members now that her place of employment will be closing its doors, she plans to open a convenience store in the former location of Gentleman Jims Family Restaurant, 2102 Hwy. 81S.

Commissioner Mark Ferguson asked if surrounding neighbors had been notified, and Chair Greg Matherly said a public notice was issued.

I only received one call, and it was a question, not a protest, Matherly added.

County Attorney John Rambo said Williford may need to get an official statement from neighbors saying they have no problem with her opening the convenience center there.

I would recommend tabling this until anybody within 300 feet signs no objection, Rambo said.

But Commissioner Doyle Cloyd asked if that was necessary since a public notice was run and no objections were received.

Rambo said the objection process states any property owner must appear in person before the Beer Board to object.

With that being noted, Matherly issued a formal call for objections, which received no response.

Commissioner Ken Lyon made a motion to approve the permit, and Commissioner Sam Humphreys seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Cloyd asked if Williford plans to include a restaurant in the store, and she said a deli is more what she has in mind. She is also considering the addition of gas pumps.