The owner of the under-construction Penn-Ohio Quick Mart convenience store and gas station on South Irvine Avenue is seeking to transfer a liquor license from Stark County so that she can sell sealed containers of beer, wine and mixed drinks for takeout.
A transfer of a license from one area to another that has met its quota for licenses is allowable under what is known as an economic development transfer. Salam Elwanni of Hubbard, who is building the Quick Mart, wants to transfer the license currently held by Canal Fulton Provision Inc.
Brookfield trustees on Dec. 5 endorsed the transfer, a required step in the process, after learning from Police Chief Dan Faustino that the police have had few issues with Elwanni’s other township business, Brookfield Drive Thru.
In her application, Elwanni said she is investing $1.7 million in the Quick Mart project, and that it will create “at least 10” jobs.
The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control has the final say on whether the license will be transferred.
In another matter concerning this project, Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District has sent a letter to Elwanni telling her to stop allowing sediment to flow off site, said township Code Enforcement Officer Pete Ross.
“They have to stabilize the soil on the mountains of dirt there,” he said.
Trustee Dan Suttles said he talked to Elwanni and she responded that the excavation contractor had not been back to work, and she had been unable to contact the firm.
Elwanni, working under the company 906 SR LLC, recently bought the property at 906 Irvine Ave. that contains Circle K and Cashland from Suleiman Holdings Inc. for $650,000. Even though Circle K would be seen by many as a competitor to Quick Mart, Elwanni said she is working out a lease extension with Circle K.
That Circle K store is one of the company’s busiest in the area and open 24 hours a day, doing a lot of business in the morning and at night, said Jenetta Christy, general manager for Elwanni’s projects. Quick Mart will not be open all day and will sell gasoline, which Circle K does not, Christy said.