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updated: 5/5/2014 11:34 PM

Palatine Target can sell beer and wine

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The Target store at 679 E. Dundee Road in Palatine is set to begin selling alcohol for the first time after its liquor license application was approved by the Palatine village council Monday night.

The type of liquor license that Target was granted was first issued to the nearby Walmart store at 1555 N. Rand Road in December 2012.

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Jonathon Edwards, the store manager of the Target, was present at the meeting and told the Daily Herald that the fact that Walmart had a liquor license and Target didn't was a factor in the decision to apply for a license.

"The decision was made to try to offer the best selection to our customers," Edwards said.

The store will be allowed to sell beer and wine under the rules of the license.

The license was written to be used just by large stores, over 50,000 square feet, that will dedicate under 5 percent of their floor space to alcohol sales.

The Target store is 116,000 square feet, of which 150 square feet will be converted to sell beer and wine.

According to the store's petition, there are eight other Target stores in the area sell beer and wine and more than 1,300 Targets that do so nationwide.

In the application materials submitted to the board, Target said that it trains all employees who staff cash registers on ways to avoid selling alcohol to underage or intoxicated people.

The village council approved the application unanimously.

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