Sixteen stores in Erie County, including stores in Amherst, Buffalo, Clarence, West Seneca and Williamsville, are accused of selling alcohol to minors.
On a one-day operation last Thursday, the State Liquor Authority sent 70 underage buyers into grocery and liquor stories. Though 54 store clerks turned the underage buyers away, authorities say 16 clerks sold them alcohol.
The stores could face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first time offense. Repeat offenders could face potential suspension or revocation of their liquor licenses.
The stores charged include:
3311 Sheridan Drive, Amherst
3652 Sheridan Drive, Amherst
Robo Self Serve
5095 Main Street, Williamsville
Williamsville Liquor Store
5511 Main Street, Williamsville
Passport Wine & Spirits
8855 Main Street, Clarence
Premium Wine & Spirits
7980 Transit Road, Williamsville
Niagara County Produce Inc.
8555 Transit Road, East Amherst
Price Rite Market
324-326 West Delavan Avenue, Buffalo
Save A Lot
142 Grant Street, Buffalo
Family Food Market
412 Auburn Avenue, Buffalo
Evergreen Mini Mart
163 W Ferry Street, Buffalo
Elmwood Express Minimart
460 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
445 Massachusetts Avenue, Buffalo
Mini Max Market
319 Massachusetts Avenue, Buffalo
170 Hampshire Street, Buffalo
Best Value Wine and Liquor
1100 Southwestern Boulevard, West Seneca