Forty-One Convenience Stores Charged with Selling to Minors

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Forty-One Convenience Stores Charged with Selling to Minors

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The New York State Liquor Authority on Friday charged forty-one licensed convenience stores with selling alcohol to minors.

In the largest SLA underage sting ever conducted, SLA Investigators, working with underage volunteer decoys, targeted 124 establishments in Western New York.

The decoys were able to purchase alcohol at 41 licensed premises in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, the largest single underage operation ever conducted by the SLA.

At several locations, no proof of ID was requested. At other locations, the decoys were asked to provide their birth dates or to provide IDs. In all instances, decoys provided their actual birth dates, indicating they are under 21.

Notably, 83 convenience store clerks and licensees refused to sell to the decoys.

“The State Liquor Authority is committed to cracking down on underage sales,” said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen. “These details will continue, and licensees must understand when they sell to minors, they are putting their license and livelihood in jeopardy.”

Licensees charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting at $2,500 for a first time offense. Repeat offenders also face possible suspension or revocation of their licenses. In addition, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. The SLA underage detail was conducted on June 16 and 17, 2011.

The 41 businesses charged with sales to minors are:

Buffalo:

B-Brite Market
905 Clinton Street

Superior Food King
1084 Clinton Street

Clinton Express
1270 Clinton Street

City Line 1 Grocery, Inc.
860 Walden Avenue

Walden Mini Mart
243 Walden Avenue

Super Market Express Mart, Inc.
143 Walden Avenue

Almin Liquors
1361 Sycamore Street

Myheeb’s Deli
2289 Fillmore Avenue

Zip’s Food & Beverage Shoppe
896 Niagara Street

City Candy Grocery
544 Fargo Avenue

Island Mini Mart
232 W. Ferry Street

Boo & Bee (d/b/a)
591 Fargo Avenue

Swan Food Market
357 Swan Street

Bailey Mini Market
1245 Bailey Avenue

Baria Deli
160 Doat Street

The Island Food Mart
1635 Genesee Street

Corner Store
1733 Genesee Street

Speedy Market
1799 Genesee Street

Bailey Market
2997 Bailey Avenue, Unit #3

Schreck Grocery
2594 Bailey Avenue

Walden Convenient Store
599 Walden Avenue

M & N Mini Mart
2360 Bailey Avenue

Community Food & Meat Market
533 Walden Avenue

Holly Farm Market II
281 E. Delavan Avenue

Broadway Market
1069 Broadway

Buffalo Mini Mart
1291 Broadway

Od’s Food Mart
882 Northland Avenue

Black Rock Food Center
442 Amherst Street

Niagara Falls:

Bridgeway Market
1104 Niagara Street

BG Citgo Mart
700 Main Street

Ashiq & Shabbir Ghug, Inc.
1911 Ferry Street

Merry Mart
336 19th Street

Mario’s Novelty
2304 Pine Avenue

Stop One Food Mart
1055 Cleveland Avenue

Karan & Anna, LLC
2221 Hyde Park Boulevard

Walgreens
1202 Pine Avenue

Wilson Farms (#354)
2824 Pine Avenue

Sunoco APlus
8505 Niagara Falls Boulevard

Rodeway Inn
492 Main Street

Rochester:

Northwest Mini Mart (d/b/a)
2042 Dewey Avenue

Everyday Convenience, Inc.
1416 Culver Road