Episode 1239

FM #1239 - BJs Proposed License Transfer - 06/20/24

Published on: 23rd June, 2024

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with 

  • Mark Lenzi, owner of Franklin Liquors
  • Harry Patel, owner of Liquor World
  • Hunter Rudd, entrepreneur with experience in Colorado alcohol market

We met to record at the Franklin TV & Radio studio and virtually on Thursday, June 20, 2024.  

We reviewed the issue at hand. Pour Richard’s and BJs effectively swap licenses so BJs ends up with the all alcohol license and Pour Richard’s (under new ownership) ends up with the beer/wine license.  

We discuss control, competition, convenience, and some of the other nuances around the potential transfer and domino effects of the possible move.

The conversation runs about 50 minutes. Let’s listen to our conversation.


Mark Lenzi - Franklin Liquors -> https://www.franklinliquors.com/shop.html

Harry Patel - Liquor World -> https://liquorworldma.com/shop 

Hunter Rudd - LinkedIn profile -> https://www.linkedin.com/in/hunterhrudd/   and his business page ->  https://www.sommsays.co/    

Politico article referenced on pending FCC suit -> https://www.politico.com/news/2024/06/03/ftc-lawsuit-southern-glazer-wine-spirits-00161323

Franklin Matters post on the license transfers ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/town-of-franklin-notice-of-public.html

Mark’s letter to the  community & Town Council ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/voices-of-franklin-lenzis-argument.html 


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Stephen Sherlock

I volunteer as the Community Information Director for Franklin, MA (USA)*. I have been providing accurate and timely information about what matters in Franklin since 2007. Currently working in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Radio (wfpr.fm) since October 2019.

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