GLENWOOD | The Village Board has increased the number of Class E liquor licenses in the village from four to five.
Village Attorney John Donahue said the license allows the sale of packaged beer and wine only.
Mazhar Bhatti, owner of Glenwood Gas and Food, addressed the board last week and requested an additional license so he can sell alcohol at the store at 273 W. Main St.
Bhatti said the store has been struggling to make a profit since it opened about a year and a half ago and he hopes selling beer and wine might mean more revenue.
He said the station has employed a mechanic at times but there had not been much of a market for car repairs.
"It has not been (a) successful mechanic shop or a successful gas station," Bhatti said.
He feels competition from big gas companies on Halsted Street makes things difficult for his smaller business.
"I try to compete with their prices and it's hard," Bhatti said. "And sometime they are under the cost. And if I am under the cost and I don't have sales inside, I can't even pay my employees."
The Village Board unanimously approved the additional Class E liquor license.
"I think before the liquor license is issued ... the liquor commissioner should talk to the residents around the gas station to determine whether or not we should grant that liquor license," Trustee Ronald Gardiner said.
While the new license has been created, it will be up to Village President Kerry Durkin, who serves as liquor commissioner, and the Village Board whether the license will be issued to Glenwood Gas and Food or any other establishment.
Trustee Richard Nielsen filled in for Durkin, who did not attend the meeting.
Donahue said Durkin was in Washington, D.C., along with a representative from Landauer Inc. to meet with Sen. Dick Durbin's office regarding a potential federal contract "that would bring nice opportunities for the company and hopefully for the village."
Landauer, a radiation dosimetry provider, has a corporate office in Glenwood.