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Ingles loses alcohol license for a week

CUMMING — Following three violations in less than eight months, the Ingles on Buford Highway won’t be allowed to sell beer or wine next week.

During its meeting Thursday night, the Forsyth County commission voted to suspend the grocery store’s license for seven days.

The business was cited for selling alcohol to underage shoppers by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 5, May 9 and Sept. 29.

Though the store requires that employees look at the photo identification of those purchasing alcohol, a manger is ultimately responsible for the sale.

The managers responsible for the two most recent sales are no longer working with the store, officials said. The commission decided on a week’s suspension after first considering five days.

The punishment also requires that the business display a poster-sized message warning employees of the consequences of selling to minors. In addition, Ingles officials must return in 28 days to explain its new training procedures.

Also Thursday night, three stores on Peachtree Parkway received warnings from the commission for selling alcohol to minors.

They included Chopstix China Bistro, which was cited after the owner’s wife reportedly served alcohol on premises, and Pops Wine and Spirits and Sam’s Mart.

Alcohol violation hearings for Taco Mac on Peachtree Parkway and a BP gas station on McFarland Parkway were postponed until Dec. 4.