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UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Two months after Proposition 1 became law, two convenience stores near Southern Methodist University are stocking their coolers with alcohol. Prior to November of last year, University Park was located in a dry county; however, the new law allows the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption. That gives convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores the green light to apply for a license to sell beer and wine.
According to SMU Daily Campus.com, the 7-Eleven at Hillcrest and Asbury began selling beer on Jan. 27 and Tom Thumb in Snider Plaza began selling beer and wine on Jan. 21. "It has been our desire to serve citizens in any particular city or area as they choose to be served," said Connie Yates, director of public affairs for Tom Thumb Food and Pharmacy.
Prior to the new law, SMU students and University Park residents had to travel across US-75 or the Dallas North Tollway to legally buy alcohol. The sale of beer at 7-Eleven comes at the same time that the convenience store began accepting student Pony cards. However, students cannot use the cards to buy alcohol or tobacco products, according to SMU Daily Campus.com.