Map Interactive local COVID-19 tracker
Contact Us
Worcester Daily Voice serves Fitchburg, Gardner, Milford, Shrewsbury & Worcester
Return to your home site


Worcester Daily Voice serves Fitchburg, Gardner, Milford, Shrewsbury & Worcester

Nearby Towns

  • Hartford
    serves Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, New Britain & Windsor Locks
  • Hampden
    serves Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer, Springfield & Westfield
  • Hampshire Franklin
    serves Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, Northampton & South Hadley

In 10 Minutes, Town Police Department Finds 5 Liquor Stores Selling To Minors

Liquor store
Liquor store Photo Credit: Pixabay

In a recent sting, it took police 10 minutes to find five Main Street businesses selling either alcohol or cigarettes to minors.

After receiving an anonymous tip that a liquor store was selling to minors, Southbridge Police set up an underage compliance check, according to the most recent Southbridge Licensing Board meeting minutes.

Typically, underage compliance checks involve the police working with a minor who attempts to make controlled purchases of booze, beer, wine, cigars, cigarettes, etc.

On Sept. 17, police told the Southbridge Licensing Board it took 10 minutes to find five businesses that allegedly violated the state’s sales-to-minors law. None of the stores checked IDs, police said.

The five businesses accused of violating the state’s unlawful sale or delivery to a minor law are:

- Austin Liquors (two violations), Main Street

- Jay Pancham, Inc., dba Jim’s Liquors, Main Street

- Nikanth Liquor, dba Plaza Liquors, Mechanic Street

- Balaji Inc., dba Thomas Variety and Convenience, East Main Street

- Big Discount Liquor, East Main Street.

Licensing Board hearings on the violations have been scheduled for Nov. 5, at 1 p.m., at the Southbridge Town Hall. It is worth noting that Austin's has gotten a new owner since the alleged incident. 

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Worcester Daily Voice!

Serves Fitchburg, Gardner, Milford, Shrewsbury & Worcester

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.