Point Richmond market will likely sell liquor later


Point Richmond residents are in favor of letting a local market sell alcohol until 10 p.m. – two hours later than it currently can – partly because it’s a great store.

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the owners of Point Richmond Market and Deli at 160 Washington Ave. received support for their request to modify their license with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control. The family-owned business currently opens until 10 p.m. but cannot sell booze past 8 p.m.

The 8 p.m. condition was reportedly imposed on the store’s previous owners. Neighbors believe current owners Karki Enterprise Inc. operates a responsible business that wouldn’t attract a bad element if it sells liquor later.

“The store stays open until 10, which is a service to the community…it’s the only place that does stay open,” said Margaret Jordan, president of the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council.

Jordan added, “I have to say they have the best sandwiches in town.”

The Point Richmond Business Association unanimously supported the store’s request.

“The store owners have worked very hard to make the store a successful and valuable resource for the area of Point Richmond and to those who stop through the area over the past year,” association President David Schoenthal stated in a letter to Councilman Tom Butt.

Since there appears to be no community opposition, ABC will likely approve the market’s application, Butt said.