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Liquor license hearing for store owner continued until next week

Liquor license hearing for Sammy's Market postponed

Store will remain closed until resolution of liquor license and commercial license issues
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Store will remain closed until resolution of liquor license and commercial license issues

Mayor Mark Eckert on Thursday granted a one-week continuance for a hearing to determine whether Sammy’s Market will keep its liquor license because the market owner’s attorney requested more time to prepare his case.

The liquor license had been pulled by Eckert last week. The mayor, who also serves as the city’s liquor commissioner, has declined to say why the license was removed but said information would be released during a hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday morning.

But the hearing was rescheduled to 10 a.m. Sept. 8 and will be in the community room in the new police department building at 720 W. Main St.

Ehssan Hamdan, the owner of Sammy’s Market at 530 N. Douglas Ave., and his attorney, Jack Kloess of Belleville, declined to comment after Eckert’s ruling.

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

Hamdan was granted the liquor license last year by the City Council. The convenience store is near homes and the Belleville MetroLink station.

Kloess asked Eckert for a week’s continuance “to better prepare for a response” to the revocation of Hamdan’s liquor license.

Hamdan and Kloess agreed that the store will remain closed until the hearing next week.

Eckert has said he will rule whether to revoke Hamdan’s liquor license or re-establish it.

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