Studies have said that Utah needs far more liquor stores to meet demand, and the state had said it planned to build one a year. But Gov. Gary Herbert chose not to put that in his budget this year — so legislators wanted to know why on Wednesday.
Salvador Petilos, director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, gave two main reasons to budget committee.
First, he said some state officials question whether the study that recommended at least 12 more stores along the Wasatch Front three years ago is accurate or possibly out of date. Second, the department is having trouble finding cities willing to host new stores — and it wants to build them only where they are welcomed.