5 Milford stores fail liquor test by selling to minors

The Department of Consumer Protection announced today the results of a series of compliance checks conducted on Saturday, June 7, to identify stores that would sell alcohol to persons under the legal age of 21.

On Saturday, June 7 in Milford, agents from the Department’s Liquor Control Division conducted a joint undercover compliance operation with officers from the Milford Police Department and youth volunteers from the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.

Thirty package stores and grocery stores that sell beer were tested for compliance. Five of these stores allegedly failed the compliance check by selling alcoholic liquor to the volunteer underage youth.

The five stores that allegedly failed are:

• Super Stop and Shop, 855 Bridgeport Avenue

• XPECT, 480 Boston Post Road

• Mike’s Package Store, 748 Boston Post Road

• Loading Dock Wine & Spirits, 1469-B Boston Post Road

• Woodmont Package Store, 1548 New Haven Avenue

“The routine compliance operations are not intended to hurt local businesses, but they do remind permittees to be vigilant,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said.  “Our goal is to identify any local business that sells liquor to minors – knowingly or unknowingly — and bring them back into compliance with State liquor laws.  Permittees need to routinely check identification before selling liquor and train their employees to do the same. During the compliance check, if the volunteer youth are asked for their age and identification before making a liquor purchase, they will hand over their actual ID, and tell their true age.”

The commissioner thanked Police Chief Keith Mello and the men and women of the Milford Police Department for their efforts, and expressed his gratitude to the Governor’s Prevention Partnership for its ongoing support of these enforcement efforts.

The five stores that allegedly sold liquor to a minor will each be scheduled for an administrative hearing before the Liquor Control Commission, at which time they will have the opportunity to address the charges.