Tuesday evening as Aberdeen businessman Jeff Doty was telling Caledonia aldermen he wouldn’t be opening Cal-City Grocery because they denied him a variance to sell cold beer, the town was talking about one of its own who had been charged with selling it … illegally.
A banner on the window at Cal-City Grocery announced the longtime Caledonia landmark’s impending reopening, but those plans were dashed during Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting, when the store’s new owner announced he would not be coming to town after all.
CALEDONIA — Jeff Doty was careful to preface his case to reopen Cal-City Grocery with a simple and to-the-point statement.
“I am not here to cause animosity among the community,” Doty told the Caledonia Board of Aldermen Saturday. “I am here to run a legitimate business.”
Still, the board voted against conditions for Cal-City Grocery to sell cold beer, either under a grandfather clause or a variation to a city ordinance.
An issue that was hotly-contested in 1945 and 1982 will be up for debate again Saturday morning at Caledonia Town Hall.