The Corner Forum
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Issue #30

Residents Share Their Thoughts on Excello

The following comments were gathered on a survey for the Corner Forum by Stephen Smith, 1311 E St. NE. The survey asked: "Excello, the liquor store at 419 13th St. NE, has applied to renew its liquor license. What are your thoughts on Excello? Should its license be renewed? Why or why not?"

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I love Excello. It's great. I could do without the bulletproof glass making me feel like a criminal, but otherwise it's nice to have a place so close, so I don't have to haul everything back from 8th Street.

— Will Adam, 1309 E St. NE

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Drug dealing is not an acceptable community standard. Neither is panhandling or stumbling drunks. How can the liquor store guarantee its participation in addressing these standards?

— Bill Ament, 515 13th St. NE

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I moved here four years ago and have always wondered why there are two liquor stores side by side. I think it is horrible for the neighborhood. I feel bad that the owners may lose their business, but having the store there does nothing positive for the neighborhood. I wish they would build something else there and use the lot that is empty beside it, maybe for an activities center or something for the neighborhood kids. Last week's article by Patty White really disturbed me. I can't believe people hang out in front of her house and drink and litter. I have to pick up trash daily from my yard and I'm sick of it. Sometimes I have to walk up a different street because I don't want to walk by a bunch of drunk people. I hate that! I agree with Ms. Hoover: Maybe we could work with the police to help with the loitering problem. Maybe we could have a neighborhood meeting to discuss our concerns and share ideas.

— Tammi Cioffi, 536 13th St. NE

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Both stores should help clean up the litter on both sides of the street for the entire block.

— Sharon Cochran, 1300 block of Emerald

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[I agree with someone who wrote] They have failed to comply with the terms of their voluntary agreement with the neighborhood, and their business contributes to loitering and trash problems which plague our neighborhood.

— Zdenek V. David, 517 13th St. NE

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Work with police to eliminate loitering and drug dealing.

— Rebecca E. Hoover, 513 13th St. NE

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It seems to me that we could push the police to enforce the 1996 anti-loitering law to get the people to stop congregating outside of Excello. We should band together as a community to stop this nuisance.

— David Kinsey, 52413th St. NE, Apt. A

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If they could keep people from hanging out and drinking in front and next to their property, I'd be in favor.

— Nancee Lyons

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If they would comply with promises they made in the past to stop selling singles, and if N-A Minit would stop selling singles, it certainly would help their image in the neighborhood. They must know many people don't want their license renewed and there will always be a push to deny their renewal. I like to promote local business but personally would not be affected if their license was not renewed. I don't like the litter or loitering around the store, and if they want to continue a fruitful business, perhaps they could work with the neighborhood to improve the image of their establishment (maybe attending the local meetings? Just a thought).

— Lisa Olson, 1214 E St. NE

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I've never experienced a problem in front of Excello related to the sale of liquor. Thus, I don't have a problem with renewing the license. Any problems in front of Excello are not liquor-related, it seems to me.

— Jack Preis, 1310 E St. NE §