BevMo! repesentatives seated in the front stare straight ahead as residents and business owner from the Piedmont area, opposing the opening of a store on Piedmont Avenue and Montell Street, stand and hold up signs that read BevMo!? BevNo! during the city planning and commission meeting Wednesday.

At the Oakland City Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday at City Hall, the commission voted against conditional use permits requested by Beverages and More (BevMo!) which has leased space on Piedmont Avenue at Montell Street to open a specialty liquor store. Approximately 60 residents and merchants from Piedmont Avenue attended the meeting, urging the commission…

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Proposed design for BevMo on Piedmont Avenue if conditional permits are approved by the city.

Ever since the Blockbuster on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue went out of business in April, the building that housed the video rental store has remained empty. Recently, though, a prospective new tenant appeared: a sign on the door notified passersby that the liquor franchise Beverages and More (BevMo!) has applied for a permit to move into the former movie rental store.

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