Las Vegas Airport Liquor Store Clears Hurdle

Posted Aug 6th 2010 11:22 AMUpdated Aug 6th 2010 11:33 AM


Travelers arriving at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas will soon be able to stock up on booze at the airport.

Clark County commissioners this week approved negotiating a lease with local Lee's Discount Liquor for a franchise at the airport to be called Lee's Runway Liquor.

The 1,200-square-foot store will be located near baggage claim.

McCarran will become the first U.S. airport with a full-service liquor store, although it's not uncommon in other parts of the world.

The move is designed to provide revenue for the airport, which will share in the profits from wine and spirit sales, officials say.

"We must be innovative in developing new revenue sources," Randall Walker, director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, tells the Las Vegas Sun.

Rules for the franchise will include no open containers allowed within 1,000 feet of the store, the paper reports.

The Las Vegas airport is of course already noteworthy for its slot machines.

The commissioners still have to approve a final lease agreement and design review. The liquor store is expected to be open by early next year.

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Here this is where DIRTY HARRY REID is going to work when he isn't carrying a ACORN or SEIU sign.

August 07 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Ann

I am not happy about this deal....Lee's owns 16 stores in Las Vegas and the small family stores near the airport will lose their income and you can not take liquor on an airplane has to be in a special wrap and go through cargo....I watched this discussion on Las Vegas TV and think the airport man pushed the idea on the city to make money for the airport not caring the stores it would hurt outside the airport!!

August 07 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah!! That's all we need here is more liquor. So, people can be totally blitzed after drinking on the plane and then, buying more liquor at the airport before renting that car to drive on the streets that I drive and that my son will be driving soon. The rules here are so backward and lame. Makes no sense.

August 07 2010 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I read this story because the headline was so uninteresting I figured there had to be more to it. Turns out there isn't. WHO CARES if a liquor store opens in the Vegas airport? What's next - is the country going to be notifed when they install a drinking fountain by the ticket counters? Whoever is in charge of deciding which stories are newsworthy BADLY needs to get a grip on life.

August 07 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I lived in Vegas for over three years and saw 100's of Lee's Discount Liquer store commercials...isn't he a shrewd businessman.

August 07 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Orris

Great, So after working a long day, flying cross country in recirculated air, drinking while over tired, they can then buy a bottle befor going to rent a car and drive to the hotel casino with free drinks while you gamble or three drik minimum while you take in the show. Sounds like a growth market for rehab. Liver and Kidney specialist should flock to this market. Invest in tow trucks and ambulance companies,

August 07 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan Kring

Another snow job by our elected officials. Mr. Lee will have to make close to 10K a day to cover his rent and costs so don't think for a minute the prices will be low. Instead of doing this to raise airport revenues and inturn hurt the businesses surrounding the airport, the airport execs should have been made to take pay cuts like the city, county, police and firefighters were made to do. Way to take care of your constituents Commissioners.

August 07 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

liquor store at the airport. Yeah, the pilots won't use it, they are all on the honor system.

August 07 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is now a good time to suggest a Nevada brothal lounge?

August 07 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

I've been to Las Vegas several times. You've got to be seriously into booze to need to buy a bottle or 6 pack as soon as you get off the plane. With free drinks circulating on the gming floors, who really needs to buy booze in Las Vegas? I suppose it is inevitable that it should come to pass that we'd see a liquor store at airports and that Las Vegas would be the first.

August 07 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply