CITY HALL — Upscale alcohol retailer Beverages and More on Tuesday secured key approvals for a location on Brand Boulevard, despite complaints from some City Council members who said they were blindsided by the proposal.
The City Council, also acting as the Redevelopment Agency, voted 3 to 1 with one abstention to grant a series of entitlements needed for the retailer to move forward with a proposed location at Brand Boulevard and Harvard Street across from the Americana at Brand.
Councilman Dave Weaver abstained from the vote, while Mayor Ara Najarian voted against the proposal. Both argued against the plan, saying they didn't learn about it until recently.
"In a way I feel I was ambushed on this," Najarian said. "This is a significant location. This is a significant use — a use I'm not entirely comfortable with."
The California retailer best known as BevMo has more than 70 stores across the state and is known for offering a wide selection of alcoholic beverages.