The Las Vegas Club’s effort to transform some of its commercial property into a pharmacy has actually come across stiff opposition from other gambling establishments close by and refueled argument about the sale of packaged liquor in the main downtown traveler area.
Public files reveal that the Las Vegas Club asked the city of Las Vegas for approval to turn 13,810 square feet of its space into a pharmacy that would sell packaged alcohol, which has long been a controversial issue on the tourist-focused part of Fremont Street.
An exhibit in the gambling establishment’s application suggests that the pharmacy would not commit more than 1,048 square feet to alcohol sales.
Although the city’s Planning Commission already suggested approval of the application, the board of the Fremont Street Experience asked the City Council to reject it. The council was supposed to think about the application July 15, but it postponed the problem until next month.
A drugstore would be the greatest advancement for the Las Vegas Club because it stopped taking reservations for its hotel rooms 2 years ago. The commercial property’s website redirects clients who aim to book rooms there to the neighboring Plaza hotel, which is possessed by the exact same company.
Despite the hotel closure, the Las Vegas Club still runs a gambling company. Records from the Gaming Control Board show that, as of January, the building included a 19,616-square-foot gambling establishment. Since June, the casino offered 327 slots and two craps tables.
The drugstore plans aren’t brand-new. Last summer season, when the City board split down on alcohol consumption on the Fremont Street Experience, it prohibited brand-new alcohol stores there but excused supermarket or pharmacies with more than 12,000 square feet. At the time, agents of the Las Vegas Club had actually stated they wished to attract a CVS.
Still, other casinos continue to be adamantly against the concept of more packaged liquor in the area.
In a letter dated July 13, the board of the Fremont Street Experience told the council that the city’s brand-new alcohol regulations have actually led to a “dramatic decrease” in emergency situation service calls and reduced the quantity of “chronic inebriates calling our sidewalk home.” The letter recommends that this progress would be threatened if a drugstore at the Las Vegas Club were allowed to offer packaged alcohol.
Exterior of the Las Vegas Club on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas.
According to the letter, the Walgreens on 4th Street and Fremont– 4 blocks far from the Las Vegas Club– has actually asked for “numerous times” to obtain from a lease constraint that prevents it from selling packaged alcohol. The Fremont Street Experience, which rents the area to Walgreens, has actually rejected the demands although Walgreens has offered to pay “a considerable boost in lease.”
The board’s letter is unrestrained in its opposition to the pharmacy strategy.
“A 2nd huge pharmacy includes absolutely nothing to the tourist experience, and the packaged alcohol portion only develops additional chance for criminal activity and medical emergency situations on our street, at excellent expense to the dues-paying members and to the taxpayers of this city,” the letter states. “There is no doubt that such an action would have a badly destructive result on this traveler location.”
The letter is signed by representatives of the Four Queens, Binion’s, the D, the Golden Gate and Boyd Gaming, which runs the California, Fremont and Main Street gambling establishments downtown.
Derek Stevens, who has the D and the Golden Gate, said he and other Fremont Street Experience operators met this week with Tamares, the company that possesses the Las Vegas Club. Stevens stated he and the others paid attention to the gambling establishment’s validation for the pharmacy, but it “had not been almost persuasive sufficient” to alter their minds.
“It wasn’t near doing anything that would alter our position,” Stevens stated of the meeting.
The Las Vegas Club is not a dues-paying member of the Fremont Street Experience, according to Stevens. An agent of the gambling establishment decreased to discuss the application.
Aside from opposing the drugstore in basic, the other gambling establishments are specifically interesteded in the amount of area it would dedicate to liquor sales. The letter stated packaged alcohol is sold only by six Fremont Street Experience shops that offer a total of 417 square feet for alcohol sales, with an extra 74 square feet originating from 7 hotel gift stores.
Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin, whose ward is close to the Las Vegas Club but does not include it, stated the suggested pharmacy is not an alcohol store “in disguise.” He stated he does not believe the Las Vegas Club will be allowed to make use of all of the 1,048 square feet it’s presently requesting.
“From what I can see, there will be no reason for that,” he said. “That’s big.”