The State Liquor Store in Richmond will close on May 15, by order of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control commission.
The Richmond liquor store had several violations, among them an employee living in the store, being intoxicated on the job and selling alcohol to a minor.
Terry Nivison, who owns the building, said the liquor store has been in the family for 80 years.
“My dad bought it in ’39, but he was already working there for years before he bought it,” Nivison said. “It was a drug store with a soda fountain and just sold liquor on the side.”
The drug store business dwindled, as did every other business in the town of some 2,500 people except the ones that sell alcohol and hamburgers.
There are five retail businesses in Richmond; two sell liquor, one sells ingredients to brew your own beer and two sell hamburgers and no alcohol.
Nivison, remembered being raised in the apartment above the store as an only child. The building was built in 1909 as the Hendrickson Confectionary Building. It later became Richmond Drug.
“They would set me on the ice cream container when I could barely stand to mix soft drinks, Cherry Cola and Iron Port Cherry Colas, for customers.”
He said the store also sold perfume, jewelry and other gifts. It was kind of a general store.
“I got old and retired and the big stores came to town. We couldn’t give the store away,” he said.
His son had a fly shop at one time and sold mail order high dollar fishing equipment.
“He had a bad four wheeler accident, and later divorced and was the one living in the store,” Nivison said. “There’s no excuse for what he did and he knows it. I talked to him and talk to him. Even though he is old he is still my baby.”
He said the he should have seen it coming and can’t make any excuses.
He said his grandson Justin Harris is a straight arrow. “He lost his folks and we raised him and his sister,” Nivison explained.
“He is the one that will take it over if we can reopen it,” Nivison continued. “When it’s busy, we can sell a lot of booze. When we’re not busy, you can read a lot of books, too.”
Cheltsea Harris, who was hired to fill the vacancy, said she was surprised at the traffic the little store has. She lets the customers know of the May 15 deadline.
“It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but it’s a busy place,” she said. “A lot of the customers are upset we are closing.”