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ABC Board-Merger Negotiations

liquor-1221-1280x960Sylva town leaders want to restart the ABC board-merger negotiations with county commissioners that stalled a year ago, and they plan to send a proposal this week. An ABC store will open this spring in Cashiers. Once it does, the town stands to lose significant revenue from its ABC store in the East Sylva Shopping Center. Country clubs, restaurants and other establishments in the Cashiers area get their liquor through the Sylva ABC store, a $320,000 boost that’s about to evaporate. Jackson County voters approved the countywide sale of alcoholic beverages in May 2012; commissioners then pushed forward with opening a liquor store in the southern end of the county. There’s been talk of opening a store in the Qualla area as well.