Back in June we reported on the issue of the proposal to sell take out beer at the Quickie Mar
t at Frankford and Unity. The owner, Harry Patel, had his application approved. He stated that there would be improvements made to the shopping center where the Quickie Mart is located as part of the proposal. The facade improvements have been made as you can see from the picture below.
So far no remodeling of the interior of the store has taken place. That is intended to provide a sit down eating area within the store. We’ll follow up when something new develops.
The most recent Frankford Civic meeting on June 7th, involved the usual routine zoning issues. The main issue on the agenda that caused a great deal of discussion was the application by the Quickie Mart for beer sales.
The Quickie Mart is located at Unity Street and Frankford Avenue and has been in business for about 12 years. Harry Patel the owner wants to be able to sell beer. He proposes to remodel the store and have an eat in dining area in the front of the store. This is the floor plan proposed. quickiemart
Community concern is that you cannot walk down the street on that part of Frankford Avenue without encountering somebody drinking or carrying a beer can. So will the addition of the Quickie Mart beer sales make that situation worse.
The offset is that the Quickie Mart is coming to the community and trying to do the application properly. There are other places on the Avenue who are selling take out beer in violation of liquor control laws and are not prosecuted at all.
The discussion was heated but civilized and no vote was taken by the civic board at the meeting. You can see the video below. It is long but informative of the issues involved.
Also discussed at the meeting was the proposed 36 person recovery house to be opened at 4834 Penn St. That property is still under investigation.
The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on July 5th at Aria Health at 7PM.
The meeting had over 20 in attendance. Opening announcement from Pete Specos was that Alice Henry has had to withdraw from the board for personal reasons and he will be acting president.
The first issue was the application for a zoning variance for a day care at the church on the corner of Harrison Street and Frankford Avenue. The variance is needed because part of the property is zoned residential.
The main topic of discussion was the presentation made by Joe Bella, attorney representing Harry Patel, the owner of the Quickie Mart Express at the corner of Unity Street and Frankford Avenue. Mr. Patel says that business is down and he sees an opportunity to recoup those losses by offering take out beer at the Quickie Mart. His proposal would include remodeling the entire shopping center, which he also owns, as well as the interior of the Quickie Mart to accommodate sit down dining . That is a requirement of the license to sell take out beer.
Mr. Patel is trying to determine whether the community would support this change in his business before he proceeds. Discussion from the group was centered on the problems now seen on the Avenue with people and alcohol. Will this change make a difference or make things worse then they are now. I have a video here of the presentation along with some of the comments and questions raised. It’s 10 minutes long but might be worth a watch.
There is no doubt that Mr. Patel is an astute business man and the Quickie Mart is a nice store. If you have concerns about this issue, you should attend the next Frankford Civic meeting to voice your opinion. It will be held on December 1st at 7PM at Aria Health 2nd floor conference room.