Home Run Food Mart Owners Surrender Liquor License

Date: 
June 22, 2012 - 5:00pm

Representatives of the Home Run Food Mart in east Urbana voluntarily surrendered the convenience store's Class C liquor license Wednesday (June 20) at a local liquor control commission hearing.

Mayor Laurel Prussing agreed to accept the surrender of the liquor license during the 11 a.m. hearing in city council chambers. She ordered that all liquor sales must cease immediately.

The order means that the owner of the store, Diah Corp., can no longer sell package beer, wine and liquor. The store, however, remains open for business.

Ramzi Alsaqri, president of Diah Corp., and Jameel Alsaqri, corporation secretary, attended the brief hearing and were represented by Champaign attorney Ed Piraino. No public testimony was taken. About 40 people, including some supporters of the store, attended the hearing.

Ramzi Alsaqri was arrested about 8 a.m. June 7, along with store employee Mohammed Mahmoud, at the store. Both were charged with the unlawful sale of drug paraphernalia, a Class 4 felony. Jameel Alsaqri was later arrested on the same charge.

 Urbana police said the arrests came after an almost month-long investigation into the sale of items used to smoke crack cocaine.