Judge will hear petition to prevent new liquor store

By Suzanne Proulx
By Candace Chapman

Judge will hear petition to prevent new liquor store

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) A State Supreme Court judge will hear a petition to prevent a new liquor store from opening in Johnson City.

Judge Ferris Lebous signed the order to show cause. However it did not include a temporary restraining order as requested.

Richard Vlasak, who owns Oakdale Wine and Liquor on Harry L. Drive filed the petition against the new Wegman's liquor store built next to the grocery store.

It argues the addition of the massive store in an already congested market would hurt the seven other liquor stores located within a four-mile radius. And, argues there's a conflict of interest regarding the major partner in the Wegman's venture.

Judge Lebous will hear arguments next Wednesday, Jan. 15.