SAVANNAH, GA (February 22, 2018) – An operation into underage alcohol sales by Savannah Police’s Alcohol Beverage Compliance (ABC) Unit resulted in seven out of 24 businesses failing, two of which have failed previous compliance checks.
During the operation, underage subjects visited 24 businesses, ranging from restaurants and bars to convenience and package stores, to determine if they comply with Georgia law and the Savannah City Ordinance in regard to alcohol sales.
Out of the 24, seven failed the operation. For the Montgomery Market at 4305 Montgomery St., it was the second failure since June. For the Hub at Montgomery at 4402 Montgomery St., it was the third failure since June.
The managers or licensees of the establishments were notified of the alcohol sold, that the buyer was underage, if the buyer was checked for identification, how the alcohol was served or sold, and what actions would be taken by law enforcement. The Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division will be informed of the results of the operation.
The ABC Unit plans to remain vigilant in its efforts to curb underage sales and plans to continue to conduct operations regarding underage alcohol sales and overconsumption. Businesses are urged to train their staff on the law and the implications of failure to comply.
The 17 businesses that passed will receive letters of congratulations from the Savannah Police Department.
According to the City of Savannah’s Alcohol Beverage Ordinance, a first offense results in a minimum fine of $500; second offense, if within 12 months of the first, results in a $750 fine; third offense, if within 18 months of the first, results in a $1,000 fine; and any further offense, if within 24 months of the first, results in issuance of a notice to appear to show cause for why the establishment’s alcohol license should not be revoked.
The following businesses were cited:
Capital Grocery, 2010 Capitol St.
Lucky’s (S&M Foodmart), 11711 Largo St.
Pump-N-Go, 2320 Ogeechee Road
Discount Corner #2, 1590 Anderson St.
Sunco, 12421 White Bluff Road
Montgomery Market, 4305 Montgomery St.
The Hub at Montgomery, 4402 Montgomery St.
The following businesses passed:
Seven-Eleven, 2810 Skidaway Road
Ganesh Food Mart, 3014 Skidaway Road
Parker’s, 2004 Beech St.
Pump-N-Go, 201 Montgomery Crossroads
Ram Food Mart, 1101 E. Montgomery St.
Savannah Beverage Mart, 8614 White Bluff Road
Tailgate Sports Bar, 11215 Abercorn St.
Tibet Liquor, 104 Tibet St.
Waters Chevron, 5009 Waters Ave.
Water Market, 4402 Waters Ave.
Zip-N-Package, 2726 Ogeechee Road
Circle K, 7203 Abercorn St.
Chu’s, 7202 Abercorn St.
Walgreen’s, 11509 Abercorn St.
Publix, 11701 Abercorn St.
Shell Gas, 14025 Abercorn St.
Country Convenience, 12415 White Bluff Road