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New Cub Liquor is now open in former Hallmark space

On Monday morning a small group including Mayor Bill Droste, and other city staff gathered at the new Cub Liquor to celebrate its grand opening.

Besides government officials and store employees there wasn't a whole lot of people at the ribbon cutting. Apparently not a lot of people go to a liquor store at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning.

Cub store manager Doug Loe isn't worried though. Despite not advertising that the liquor store would be open over the weekend Loe said it was busy.

"Things have been going really well," said Loe of the liquor store's first few days open.

Located in the former Mae's Hallmark store location the liquor store aims to offer another service for customers.The company had the former card store gutted and transformed into a liquor store.

Cub Liquor manager Pat Flaherty said the store offers a good selection of beers, wines and liquors. He said he thinks the store should do well in town.

The store forfeited its 3.2 beer and malt beverage license when it opened the liquor store. So all alcohol sales will be through the liquor store.

Flaherty said Cub has been looking to add liquor sales in Rosemount for a while. When the location next door opened up, he said the company jumped at the opportunity.

"Rosemount fit what we are looking for," said Flaherty.

Before Rosemount, Flaherty managed the Cub Liquor in Hastings. Flaherty has enjoyed working in the liquor business for more than 30 years. More than 20 have been with Supervalu, Cub's parent company.

"There's something new every day," said Flaherty of his job.

Flaherty's right hand man will be assistant manager Ed Applebaum. The two will lead a staff of seven. The store is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cub received the ok from the city council to open a liquor store in Rosemount in mid-April despite pleas from other liquor store owners in town to not allow another license.