Hip clothier Urban Outfitters has been denied a liquor license for it’s yet-to-be built Williamsburg store, DNAinfo reports.
The clothing chain applied for the license last month for its store set to be built at a warehouse on North Sixth Street, but that request was swiftly denied by Community Board 1’s liquor license committee Thursday night.
At the meeting, Urban Outfitter staff said the booze serving retail store would serve as an “integral part of the community.” The community board saw it differently however, with board member Rob Solano saying, “I go to Ikea and and have a sandwich with meatballs, and I don’t need a drink. I have no idea where the alcohol fits in.”
City Councilman Stephen Levin saw the proposal as a quality of life issue and told PIX11 in September, “I can’t think of a circumstance for which it would appropriate for Urban Outfitters to have a liquor license. We must ask ourselves, do we really want people drunk when they are buying their skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts?”
Along with concerns of rowdy patrons in an area already lined with bars, community leaders and residents fear the clothing store will push more small businesses out of the neighborhood.
The entire community board is expected to vote on the issue next week.