The Edgartown selectmen Monday approved a change of location for a downtown Edgartown liquor store that’s moving to the airport.
Brion McGroarty Sr. and Brion McGroarty Jr. came before selectmen to ask to transfer their year-round liquor license from Mayhew Lane to a location near the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.
The name will also change from Town Provisions Company to Martha’s Vineyard Wine and Spirits.
Speaking on behalf of the McGroartys, attorney Sean Murphy told selectmen that Town Provisions had been located on Mayhew Lane since 1989. The problem, he said, is lots of customers but no parking in the summer and ample parking but no customers in the winter. The new location has been in the works since 2010, when the selectmen and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission approved Mr. McGroarty swapping his seasonal liquor license with the Benjamin Hall family, owners of Great Harbor Gourmet and Spirits, for an annual license.
The plans for the airport liquor store were approved by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, the zoning board of appeals and the airport commission. Construction of the new store, which will be located next to the Flatbread Company, is underway.
The proposal was approved unanimously. Selectman Michael Donaroma did not vote on the proposal.
In other business, a conflict between some local business owners and the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival has been resolved. Last week, selectmen heard that a few abutters were
concerned about plans to close some streets and use a town parking lot for tents during the festival which will take place Oct. 17 through 20.
Murdick’s Fudge owner Michael McCourt said a right of way has been established to access businesses in the area. “They’ve put a lot of work into this and hopefully it’s a huge success,” he said.
The selectmen then unanimously approved final plans for the festival.