Another Watertown grocery story gets green light to sell wine, beer (Audio)

October 18, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Another Watertown grocery store has been given the green light to sell beer and wine.

On Monday night, the city council approved HyVee’s application for a pair of licenses; a wine and cider license (on and off sale),  and a separate malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine license (on and off sale).

A few years ago, Target was denied a license to sell beer in Watertown as council members, at that time, weighed in on whether a separate entrance should be required for them to do so.

Councilman Mike Danforth, prior to Monday night’s vote on the Hy-Vee applications, asked what has changed since then.

City Finance Officer Kristen Bobzien…

Earlier this summer, the Watertown City Council held a special meeting where it approved an on and off-sale malt beverage and wine license for County Fair Foods. That license was approved on a 5-2 vote.

Hy-Vee’s licenses were approved unanimously.