When you walk through the doors at any one of the City’s three municipal liquor stores, you pass by a message that says, “Giving Back to the Community” – it’s an important message, and one that I’d like to elaborate on a little.
Municipal liquor stores have been in operation since the United States government repealed prohibition in 1933, giving individual states the responsibility and authority to regulate liquor sales. At that time, the Minnesota legislature gave cities the option of issuing liquor licenses to private businesses or providing municipal alcohol dispensing services.
Eden Prairie, along with more than 300 other cities, chose to operate municipal liquor stores. This choice not only allows for greater control over liquor being sold and consumed in the City, but also further diversifies the City’s revenue sources – because it allows us to invest liquor store profits back into the community.
The City’s three Eden Prairie Liquor store locations generate more than $1-million in profits annually.
And within the past year, those profits helped to fund a portion of the following Capital Improvement projects:
- Community Center Aquatics and Fitness Expansion
- New Fire Department Ladder Truck
- Franlo Park Tennis Court Renovations
- Playground Equipment Replacements
In other words, profits generated at the municipal liquor stores directly fund a number of improvements in our city – which also helps offset the amount of taxpayer dollars needed for these projects.
So next time you pass by that message, you’ll know that your choice to shop at Eden Prairie Liquor makes it possible for us to give back to the community.