McKinney's first package liquor store permit has been approved and issued to existing wine and beer retailer McKinney Wine Merchant.

The permit enables the store, owned and operated by Andy Doyle and located off US 75 and West Virginia Street, to sell packaged liquor products. The store will be the first in the city to do so, according to city staff.

“It's the first liquor sales in McKinney’s 177-year history,” Doyle said.

The ability to sell liquor in city limits comes after McKinney voters approved a ballot proposition on the topic during the Nov. 8 election. Over 74% of McKinney voters elected to approve the proposition that was promoted by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.

Doyle began pursuing the permit as soon as the election results were certified on Nov. 15, but had to wait for the city to ratify an official ordinance on Dec. 6. Doyle has owned the business since 2011 and made the move from his original location in downtown McKinney to a larger space in 2020. Doyle said the move expanded his floor space from 900 to 3,200 square feet in anticipation of being able to sell liquor.

Doyle has about 30 liquor products on the shelf available for sale, including various types of vodka, tequila, scotch, whiskey and rum. This represents about 4% of his total capacity of liquor products, and he anticipates being near capacity in about three weeks. Doyle is working to expand the store’s stock and staff to meet the impending demand. McKinney Wine Merchant will stock over 1,000 packaged liquor products, along with its existing wine and beer products, Doyle said.

“I’m getting going as fast as the law and shelving and deliveries and distributors will allow,” Doyle said.

Three other businesses are also in the process of obtaining a permit to sell packaged liquor products, according to city staff. These businesses include:
  • JMG Liquor, located at 4100 Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 220
  • The Hy-Life, located at 4051 S. Custer Road, Stes. 1140 and 1150
  • Empire Liquor - Spirits, Craft Beers, Wine & Cigars, located at 4200 Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 300
Businesses must obtain approvals from both the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the city of McKinney before a permit can be issued, according to city staff.