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Posted on: April 12, 2019

3rd Quarter Compliance Checks

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ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO MERCHANT COMPLIANCE CHECK UPDATE

FREDERICK, MD – The Frederick County Health Department is committed to promoting health and wellness and preventing disease and illness among youth. The Alcohol Merchant Compliance Strategy and the Tobacco Sales Compliance Initiative aim to reduce minors’ access to alcohol and tobacco products by conducting random merchant compliance checks. Funding for these activities is provided by the Maryland Department of Health.

Tobacco and alcohol use by minors can harm their physical health and impair healthy brain development. Reducing retail access of tobacco and alcohol products to minors is one way to ensure that youth are less likely to use and become dependent on tobacco and alcohol. In 2016, the U.S Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) stated nearly 90% of current smokers began smoking before the age of 18. In addition, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), individuals who start drinking before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence later on in life than those who begin drinking at the legal age of 21.

Locally, underage volunteers assist in the execution of both alcohol and tobacco compliance checks. All volunteers possess their valid state-issued ID or driver’s license, which is provided to every merchant who asks for identification. If the underage volunteer is asked their age by the merchant, they are required to reply truthfully. All underage volunteers are accompanied and observed by a plainclothes officer.

Between January and March of 2019, alcohol merchant compliance checks were conducted within Frederick County. Of the 72 alcohol businesses checked, 12 businesses sold alcohol to the underage volunteer.

The Frederick County Health Department would like to recognize the following alcohol merchants for their compliance with state laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors:

  • Attaboy Beer Co.                              400 Sagner Ave. Suite 400, Frederick
  • Ayse Mesa Lounge                         6 N. East Street, Frederick
  • Barnes Store                                     9711 Liberty Road, Frederick
  • Beachley’s Variety Store                 4602 Old Swimming Pool Rd, Frederick
  • Bella Trattoria                                    129 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Blue Side Tavern                             6 S. Bentz Street, Frederick
  • Blue Sky Bar & Grill                         10519 Old National Pike, New Market
  • Cellar Door                                        5 East Church Street, Frederick
  • China Garden                                   506 West Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Clarion Inn Frederick                       5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick
  • Countyside Liquors                         11717 Old National Pike, New Market
  • D&B Liquors                                     8415 K Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville
  • Dempsey's Grille                              116 West Main Street, Middletown
  • Dominic’s                                          11791 Fingerboard Rd, Monrovia
  • DÖner Bistro                                     50 Carroll Creek Way Unit 110
  • Firestones Restaurant                    105 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Gladchuk Brothers                           489 West Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Grace of India                                   3531 John Simmons Street, Urbana
  • Green Valley Convenience Store 3737 Lawson Road, Ijamsville
  • Green Valley Wine & Spirits           11801 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia
  • Guido’s                                              543 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Hi-Way Liquors                                6915 Baltimore National Pike, Frederick
  • Hootch & Banter                               49 S. Market Street, Frederick
  • Ill Porto                                               200 S. Market Street, Frederick
  • Isabella's Tavern & Tapas Bar       44 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Kemptown Grocery                          12516 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia
  • Lazy Fish                                           10 E. Patrick St., Frederick
  • Le Parc Bistro                                   207 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Lucky Corner Vietnamese Noodles  700 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Magoo's Pub & Eatery                    1-A W. Second Street, Frederick
  • Midnight Run Brewery                    912 N. East Street, Frederick
  • Mirage Café & Grill                          243 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Monkey LaLa Caribbean Café      9009 Old National Pike, Frederick
  • Monocacy Brewing Co.                   1781 N. Market St., Frederick
  • Morgan's American Grill                 11717 Old National Pike, New Market
  • Myersville Exxon                              9629 Myersville Rd., Myersville
  • New Market Beer and Wine           11670 Old National Pike, New Market
  • New Monrovia Mart                          11791 Fingerboard Rd Suite10, Frederick
  • Nido                                                    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Olde Mother Brewing                      526 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Olde Town Tavern                           325 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Oscar's Ale House                           906 N. East Street, Frederick
  • P.I.G.S. BBQ                                    1845 Brookfield Court, Frederick
  • Pistarro’s                                           221 N. East St., Frederick
  • Poblano Grill                                     2060 Yellow Springs Rd, Frederick         
  • Red Horse                                         996 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Roast House Pub                            5700 Urbana Pike, Frederick
  • Rudy's Welding Service                  3217 Old National Pike, Middletown
  • Silver Diner                                       5120 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
  • Spirts of Liberty                                11339 B Liberty Road, Frederick
  • Surf House Island Cantina             8925 Fingerboard Rd, Urbana
  • Toppings Pizza Company              5330 New Design Road, Frederick
  • The Derby                                         81 W. Main Street, New Market
  • Trout Liquors                                    5108 Old National Pike, Frederick
  • Urbana Fuel and Treats (Exxon)   8816 Fingerboard Road, Urbana
  • Village Tavern                                  122 Walkers Village Way, Walkersville
  • Walkersville Bowling Lanes           44 Pennsylvania Avenue, Walkersville
  • Walkersville Wine & Spirits            128 Walkers Village Way, Walkersville
  • Wingstop                                           1031 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Woodsboro Liquor's                        601 S. Main Street, Woodsboro

The following establishment did not comply with the law and the violation was referred to the Frederick County Liquor Board:

  • 6-10 Gas Mart                                  1904 Urbana Pike, Hyattstown     
  • Cinco De Mayo                                 200 Middletown Pkwy, Middletown
  • Doner Bistro                                      50 Carroll Way #110, Frederick
  • Fountaindale Exxon                        4304 Old National Pike, Middletown
  • Hampton Inn                                     1565 Opposumtown Pike, Frederick
  • Hilltop Convenience & Liquors      10519 Old National Pike, New Market     
  • JR Sports Bar & Restaurant           605 S. Main Street, Woodsboro
  • Manhattan Pizza                              3501 John Simmons St, Urbana
  • Orchard Restaurant                         43 North Market Street, Frederick
  • Viet Aroma                                        440 Prospect Blvd., Frederick
  • Village Mart                                       8301 River Run Road, Frederick
  • Viniculture                                         20 N. Market St., Frederick

During the same time period, tobacco merchants were also checked for compliance. Of the 18 tobacco merchants checked, 1 merchant was found to be in non-compliance for selling a tobacco product to a minor.

The Frederick County Health Department would like to recognize the following tobacco merchants for their compliance with state laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors:

  • 7-Eleven                                140 Frederick Road, Thurmont
  • 7-Eleven                                5703 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
  • Dollar General                      218 N. Church Street, Thurmont
  • Dollar General                      5840 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick
  • Exxon                                     5870 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick
  • Highs                                     201 Frederick Road, Thurmont
  • Hoffman’s Market                 405 E. Main Street, Thurmont
  • MD Vapor                              224 N. Church Street, Suite J, Thurmont
  • Royal Farms                          7402 Shockley Drive, Frederick
  • Sheetz                                   428 N. Church Street, Thurmont
  • Sheetz                                   6050 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
  • Shell                                       5498 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
  • Thurmont Liberty                  227 N. Church Street, Thurmont
  • Towne & Country Liquors  24 Water Street, Thurmont
  • Wawa                                     5440 Urbana Pike, Frederick
  • Wawa                                     5833 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick
  • Weis                                       34 Water Street, Thurmont

The following establishment did not comply with the law and was issued a civil citation for the sale of a tobacco product to a minor:

  • Food Lion                              231 Tippin Drive, Thurmont

For more information regarding the alcohol and tobacco merchant compliance initiatives, contact Todd Crum, Prevention Program Manager, at TCrum1@FrederickCountyMD.gov or 301-600-1755.

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