HAMMOND | The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission upheld a Lake County decision to deny the sale of packaged liquor at two Hammond Walgreens stores.

The Deerfield, Ill.-based drug store giant has been applying for permits to sell packaged liquor at many of its stores across the state, but Hammond residents and City Attorney Kris Kantar contested petitions to sell at two locations on Calumet Avenue at Gostlin Street and at 173rd Street.

Robertsdale resident Bonnie Henry, who remonstrated against the petition before the board in Indianapolis, said the city doesn't need any more liquor stores.

"I live in the 1st District and we have over 40 liquor stores in just the 1st District," Henry said. "We have enough. We don't want any more."

Janet Venecz, who heads up the Edison Community Watch organization and also spoke against allowing liquor sales at the pharmacy, said the city needs to work to decrease the number of stores selling packaged liquor.

"We're over the capita in Hammond," Venecz said. "Both these stores are in residential areas with plenty of liquor stores in close proximity."

A Walgreens spokesperson did not return a request for comment.

Venecz said she was unaware whether Walgreens would appeal the state board's decision, but said she and others are willing to return to Indianapolis to again speak against the proposal.

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