FRAMINGHAM – After serving alcohol to a minor, during a Framingham Police operation, a Route 9 supermarket has agreed to a one-day suspension of its alcohol license.
Last night, the Framingham License Commission voted unanimously to suspend the alcohol license for one day of Bazaar West Supermarket, and have the Route 9 store pay a $300 investigative fee.
Framingham Police Lt. Jorge Ruiz told the Commission last night, the Police Department announced they were going to conduct a compliance check operation with alcohol establishments in the Framingham Source and the MetroWest Daily News in October.
On Friday, November 9, 2018, an 18-year-old student purchased a six-pack of beer at Bazaar West, as part of that operation. He was able to purchase a 6-pack of Sam Adams beer, without being asked for identification, according to Lt. Ruiz.
The Framingham Police conducted the operation over 8 weeks at 74 establishments with a liquor license and 57 establishments passed.
Three establishments came before the Commission in February. Three more came before the Commission earlier this month, and four came before the Commission last night.
All had their license suspended for at least one day. More hearings are scheduled for later this month and next month on other establishments.
The high school student, 18, under police supervision entered the
establishment without any forms of identification and attempted to
purchase an alcoholic beverage with money provided by the
Framingham Police, in each situation, explained Lt. Ruiz.
Lt. Ruiz said this is the first alcohol license violation for Bazaar West.
Lt. Ruiz said the store and its management cooperated with the investigation.
Lt. Ruiz said the employee was new and no longer works there.
He said management re-trained all employees with regards to rules/regulations.
Manager Yuriy Blyakhman attended the hearing last night.
The store must either close on a Friday within the next 30 days or the restaurant will need not to serve alcohol to patrons on a Friday within the next 30 days.
The store is also required to pay a $300 fee to the City for the alcohol license violation investigation.
The purpose of the underage compliance check operation is educational in
nature, said Lt. Ruiz.