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Thirst for liquor will have to wait
Process expected to take months
It took about 18 months for Sparta Discount Liquor to open.
Hold the celebration. Local residents will have to wait to hit the bottle – at least a bottle purchased in McMinnville that is.Voters approved liquor stores inside McMinnville city limits Tuesday night, but don’t look for those stores to open anytime soon as the process could easily take a year.It took Vifnu Patel 18 months to open Sparta Discount Liquor in neighboring White County. Voters there approved liquor stores in November 2014 and Patel opened his store in April 2016.“It took six to eight months for me to get through all the paperwork,” said Patel.That came after it took months for Sparta officials to determine the framework for liquor sales and address all the legal requirements.