Massachusetts hardware store to test alcohol sales

County Line Farm and Hardware in Brimfield, Mass., recently received a license to sell beer and wine, according to an article in the The Republican newspaper.

County Line owner Robert H. Clark told the local Board of Selectmen that “funds are tight” for the store and that the license to sell alcohol would help “keep its doors open,” the article said. The County Line store carries about 8,000 hardware skus, as well as cigarettes and other convenience store type items.

Local government officials voted unanimously to approve the license. It is now pending before the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which has final say over all liquor licenses in Massachusetts. According to state regulations, the town is allowed to have five retail stores with licenses to sell beer and wine.