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North Adams Package Store Being Sold
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:59AM / Wednesday, September 21, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dave's Package Store on River Street will soon be under new management.
The License Commission on Tuesday approved a transfer of the beer/wine package store license from RMR Enterprises LLC to Shahmer LLC, represented by Abbas Choudhry. 
The package store has been located on the corner of River and Eagle street since 1959. It was for decades known as Lopardo's but also had a short life as River Street Package Store before David Atwell purchased it and opened in late February 2018.
Atwell said he's just been too busy with his other businesses — another package store in Dalton and the Thrifty Bundle laundrymat in North Adams — to keep Dave's going. He, like many other business owners, cited staffing problems. 
Choudhry told the board that he operates a package store in Williamstown as well as several in New York State. He acknowledged that the Williamstown had issued a temporary suspension a few years back of an underage sale but that it did not involve the state and that all his employees are all TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) certified. 
"We did everything after that, from TIPS recertification and all that," Choudhry said.
He said the hours, product and employees would remain the same, as would the drive-up window. There are also no renovations planned at this time. 
The business is under contract but the purchase won't be completed until the license is issued by the state. 
"Once we get the license issued and all that, that's when we will take over under the new LLC," Choudhry said.
The transfer was approved with Commissioner Peter Breen abstaining because his daughter's law firm was representing the applicant. 
The commission also approved a one-day license for the Berkshire Cider Project to sell its beverages at the next First Friday event on Eagle Street on Oct. 7.
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