Thursday, May 12, 2016

Problematic Petworth Liquors on Georgia has closed

Petworth Liquors, the store at 3210 Georgia Avenue with a history of problems, appears to have closed. They haven't been open for a few days and there's a handwritten sign on the wall outside their window saying they're closed, directing people to a liquor store in Maryland.

The store was a constant source of problems for neighbors, who complained for years about aggressive panhandlers, drunks, public urination, harassment of women and more by people who hung out at the store. The store also broke various rules and laws throughout the years, like providing to-go cups for booze, selling to minors, violating operating hours, and much more (see this comment thread for examples.)

They had at least five investigations by the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and there were numerous neighbor complaints and petitions about the place. A few years ago the ANC denied their request to move across the street after massive local opposition.

I'm not sure what's coming next to that location. There's a plan to replace that building and neighbors with apartments, but not sure how long that will take.

I shop at liquor stores and know they're valuable. I have no problem with liquor stores that follow the law and are good neighbors, but Petworth Liquors was not, even after multiple neighbor and government complaints. And now they're closed. It goes to show that you need to hold up your end of the deal and do what you're supposed to do if you want to be in business here.


  1. Good news about the closing, unfortunately if the property is owned by Zuckerman Partners that redevelopment will likely be a LONG way off (ie. See every other building they own on this strip)! They have even halted development on two huge properties after they purchased them, old Murrys lot at 3400 Georgia and Post Office lot. It will likely become a hangout as vacant Murrys is *sigh*

  2. Anon, they're already putting something in there: a doggie day care


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