FILO Liquors stocking shelves, set to open despite controversy

ABILENE, Texas - A controversial liquor store on Abilene's south side has begun stocking its shelves – and now plans on opening this weekend at its location on Rio Mesa Drive.

FILO Liquors was at the center of recent controversy when residents of a nearby neighborhood protested its location, which delayed its liquor license from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Residents feared the store would decrease the value of their homes and increase crime and traffic in the area.

But FILO Liquors co-owners Jim Cockfield and Chris May say the concerns are unfounded and that they plan to be an upstanding, contributing, taxpaying Abilene business.

During an April 9 public hearing, County Judge Downing Bolls ruled in favor of the liquor store.

Rio Mesa Drive is just off of Buffalo Gap Road between Antilley Road and FM 707 (Beltway South).

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