Belleville

Mayor to decide Friday on convenience store’s liquor license

Ehssan Hamdan, the owner of Sammy’s Market, at the hearing Thursday.
Ehssan Hamdan, the owner of Sammy’s Market, at the hearing Thursday.

A hearing was held Thursday morning on whether Sammy’s Market will be able to keep its liquor license in Belleville.

Ehssan Hamdan, the owner of Sammy’s Market at 530 N. Douglas Ave., wants to regain the license revoked by Mayor Mark Eckert last month.

Eckert, who also serves as the city’s liquor commissioner, said after the hearing he’ll issue a decision Friday on whether the store can get its license back.

Hamdan, and his attorney, Jack Kloess of Belleville, also have declined to comment.

Eckert has said the store’s commercial occupancy permit was pulled by the city several weeks ago because electrical and sewer line work was done without authorization from the city.

The hearing originally was scheduled to be last week but Kloess asked Eckert for more time to prepare his case and the request was granted. Meanwhile, the store remains closed.

The hearing will be in the community room of the new police department building at 720 W. Main St.

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