HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The number of package stores throughout Connecticut and where they are located could soon be affected by a surprising factor: the U.S. Census.

The state Department of Consumer Protection says it’s awaiting 2010 Census figures to determine whether any communities have grown enough to make another liquor permit available for a potential business owner.

State law allows one permit to be issued for every 2,500 residents of a community, as determined by the most recent Census. Most municipalities are already at their limits under the 2000 Census numbers.

The agency says no current permits will be cancelled if a community’s population drops, but it expects great interest in the new permits in places that have grown by at least 2,500 people.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. newenglandsnob says:

    Anything to do with liquor is lucrative and also brings old Malloy some $$. Trouble is that alcohol often leads to trouble. But as long as it is legal, why not let people make money at it ?

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