The Glendale Board of Zoning Adjustments has denied an appeal to allow a gas-station owner to continue selling wine and beer after a city ordinance prohibiting such sales takes effect in May.
Charlie Mussalli requested a variance for his 2 1/2-year-old gas station and convenience market at 466 W. Broadway. He said his business would suffer significantly without the sale of beer and wine.
Zoning board members conceded that Mussalli might suffer some hardship because of the ordinance. But board Chairman Frank Roberts said: "It's a law and we have to go by it."
Glendale is one of about 40 cities statewide that prohibit the sale of gasoline and alcohol at the same location. Most cities imposing such laws allowed existing businesses to continue dual sales, but Glendale's law, which goes into effect May 27, will force seven businesses to choose between selling alcohol and selling gasoline.