The Hi-Way Farm Market and Package Store in Chelmsford may live to see another day after the owner settled his tax bill with the commonwealth. Although an auction of a seven-day, all alcoholic beverage package store license was set to begin at 11 a.m., potential bidders were turned away after the sale was canceled at the last minute, according to chelmsfordmassnews.com.
“We were trying to make the decision if we would keep it or not,” said Dino Vrouhas. “We decided to because it’s a good investment.”
On Aug. 11, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue seized the license from owner Spiro Vrouhas for non-payment of $27,200 in back state taxes.
“We’re going to reopen within a month,” Dino Vrouhas said Thursday.
Back in July, the Board of Selectmen held a hearing on revoking Vrouhas’ license after the store had been shuttered. At that time, Dino Vrouhas said the family planned to reopen the store but was dealing with health and refinancing issues.
The Vrouhas family sold the property at 259-261 Littleton Road but retained the liquor license. Town Manager Paul Cohen told the website said Vrouhas must appear before the Board of Selectmen and demonstrate he has the legal right to the license.