LES Stores Nailed for Selling Booze to Minors

SX Gourmet at the corner of Essex and Rivington streets, was cited for selling alcohol to minors, according to the State Liquor Authority. Photo via Google images.

Two stores on the Lower East Side and five in the East Village were among 118 retailers citywide that were cited for selling alcohol to minors after a three-day investigation by the State Liquor Authority and the NYPD last week.

Tearadhan Convenient Store Inc., at 49 Columbia St. just north of Delancey, and SX Gourmet Corp., the new convenience store at 123 Essex St. (aka 115 Rivington St.), were both caught in the sting, according to the SLA, which sent underage “decoys” into 234 stores across the five boroughs.

“Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors is a top priority for the State Liquor Authority,” State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen said. “These large scale enforcement efforts will continue to be a part of our proactive measures to prevent alcohol abuse among our youth.”

The investigation targeted specific locations and neighborhoods found to have a high activity of selling to minors, the SLA said. Establishments charged face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first-time offense, while repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses. In addition to the licensing consequences, clerks can be charged by the NYPD and issued criminal court summonses.

The East Village stores cited were:

  • St. Marks Convenience Inc., 31 St. Marks Place
  • Ave A Deli & Grocery, 123 Ave. A
  • Anwar Grocery (Pending license), 106 Ave. B
  • Yoo’s Convenience, 50 2nd Ave.
  • C & B Grocery, 248 E 14th Street

Last week’s enforcement action was the second major sweep of underage alcohol sales in recent months. A similar August investigation cited 123 stores, including St. Marks Convenience.

Read the whole list here.