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Sting nails 17 local retailers for underage alcohol sales

A multi-agency sting aimed at underage alcohol sales has identified 17 different area retailers that have allegedly sold potent potables to people under 21.

This operation, which took place on March 11, was conducted as a joint effort of the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, the office of Alamance County’s sheriff, and the municipal police departments in Burlington, Elon, Gibsonville, and Graham.

According to Graham’s police department, which issued a news release about the operation on Wednesday, the sting’s participants visited 42 retailers throughout Alamance County to conduct “compliance checks” of proper drinking age protocols. The operation’s participants went on to find 17 locations where retail clerks allegedly sold alcoholic beverages to someone less than 21 years of age.

Although the majority of the retailers incurred no violations as a result of this sting, the proportion that did has been a source of concern for Graham police sergeant J.R. Payne.

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“We commend the clerks who asked for identification and refused to sell to the underage buyer,” Payne states in the department’s news release. “We are concerned, however, with the large number of establishments that sold to an underage buyer. Our goal is for every location to pass; therefore, we strongly encourage all store managers, clerks, and bartenders to be trained in the laws of alcohol sales on a regular basis.”

According to Graham’s police department, the following retailers failed to observe the mandatory drinking age during the sting:


Alamance County:

Dollar General at 1523 Powerline Road

Sandy Cross Mart 2 at 2073 NC Highway 49 North

K&J Grill at 4038 NC Highway 62



Grove Park Family Fare at 2123 South Church Street

Rick’s Food Mart at 1122 East Morehead Street

Family Fare at 2227 Maple Avenue

Family Fare at 2611 Maple Avenue

Raygo Mart at 2207 Edgewood Avenue

ARA NC (Tommy’s Mini Mart) at 538 Trollinger Street

Food Lion at 178 West Webb Avenue



Circle K at 110 West Haggard Avenue



Eagle Food Mart at 501 Burlington Avenue

Huff’s at 205 West Main Street



6 to 1 Mini Mart at 201 West Harden Street

Family Fare at 301 South Main Street

Graham Mart at 419 South Main Street



Ray’s Mini Mart at 1282 South 5th Street


According to the department, 25 other establishments that were checked during the operation passed the identification test, including all four of the county’s ABC stores.


Those 25 stores that were checked for compliance and passed:


Alamance County:

Circus Food Store 1101 E Main St., Swepsonville


ABC Store 3053 S Church St

ABC Store 1940 N Mebane St

Kwik Way 2753 Alamance Rd

Fairway One Stop 1382 S Church St

Speedway 653 Webb Ave

Food Lion 3535 S Church St

L&M Mini Mart 3503 S Church St



Pitstop 807 W Haggard Ave



Dollar General 600 Whitsett Ave

Smart Shop 4 305 W Main St



ABC Store 603 W Harden St

B Mart 400 E Elm St

Circle K 801 E Harden St

Amoco Food Shop 924 E Harden St

Dollar General 1217 S Main St

Carlie C’s 807 S Main St

Sheetz 1138 S Main St



Haw River:

Food Lion 1125 Roxboro St



ABC Store 1409 S 3rd St

Speedway 1105 Mebane Oaks Rd

Dollar General 107 W Clay St

Tommy’s Mini Mart 300 W Clay St

Lowes Foods 1020 Mebane Oaks Rd

Food Lion 1282 S 5th St

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