Tuesday, December 26, 2006
DALLAS -- Timothy F. Grimes, of Stayton, will take over the Dallas liquor store in February. Grimes was one of three applicants for the liquor agent position vacated by Mike Mollgaard in November.
Mollgaard was forced to resign after his Oct. 31 OLCC audit showed $179,902 in fee shortages to the OLCC.
On November 9 Bill George, owner and proprietor of the Stayton Liquor, temporarily took over the Dallas store and reopened it. George said that he saw a need and wanted to help. The store on Mill Street is the only liquor store in Dallas.
The OLCC said the plan is to relocate the store to a higher traffic area with more parking.
"That's one of the options," Grimes said.
"The store definitely needs updating. I think it's current location is too small to serve the community needs."
In 2005 the Dallas location grossed $846,289. It is one of the most profitable liquor stores in the area and OLCC officials believe it could do even better in a higher traffic area.
"It's the only outlet in Dallas and serves a definite need," George said.
Grimes is a former student of Rogue and Klamath community colleges. He has been employed by Radio Shack since 1991 and has spent the past five years managing the Lancaster Mall Radio Shack in Salem.
"I've been studying up, as it were, and I've know the community indirectly through city government, " Grimes said.
"I have also spent a great deal of time out there in the past few months. I'm just excited and happy to have the opportunity, and I intend to represent Dallas well to the rest of the state."