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Needham votes to allow alcohol sales at stores

Needham residents will soon be able to buy a six-pack of beer without leaving town, ­after voters overwhelmingly backed a ballot question Tuesday to allow the retail sale of ­alcohol.

While the town clerk’s ­office was still finalizing its count Wednesday, unofficial results showed that 12,181 Needham voters supported the measure, while 4,636 voted against it.

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The town will be allowed to grant six liquor licenses to stores, with an extra two in 2018. No more than six at a time would permit the sale of all kinds of alcohol.

The selectmen are planning a public hearing Nov. 14 to discuss possible regulations to guide the town’s implementation of the measure.

Needham is not entirely dry. Restaurants with 100 or more seats are allowed liquor licenses, and smaller restaurants are allowed to sell beer and wine.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com.
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