Pink Phoenix liquor store set for demolition, neighbors upset

Posted at 10:24 PM, Jun 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 01:25:16-04

The developer of a central Phoenix apartment complex owns a pink liquor store, and it's a store many don't want destroyed. 

In community meetings, neighbors say the developer told them they would leave the liquor store alone after a new apartment building behind the liquor store was being constructed, but then a notice of demolition popped up on the building. Now neighbors have a month to try and stop this from happening. 

They roll up in cars, walk up to the window, and ride bikes to get a beer or other items. 

The neon pink Melrose Drive-Thru Liquor Store is a staple.

A Scottsdale luxury apartment developer owns the building and the developer is trying to get rid of it. But Stacy Champion, a local public relation professional who is used to pushing opinions for people, says this fight is personal. 

She started a Change.Org petition she hopes to present to Mayor Greg Stanton and others to stop the demolition; she's gotten over 500 signatures in 24 hours.

"I think they have to listen," she said. "As far as history goes in the city of Phoenix, this is our history."

The only hope to keep the pink liquor store at this point is likely a historic designation for the building. The city planning department says the 1950's construction fits the criteria, but the city council will get the final say in about 30 days.
A condo complex is going to be 200 units large and neighbors say the developer has mentioned possible green space for this lot.

ABC15 reached out to the developer, P.B. Bell, but have not gotten a response.