City of Reno

Business License

Reno Mart, Mohammad Parvez, 201 North Virginia Street - Packaged Beer and Wine


Department:Community Development - Business LicenseSponsors:
Category:New - AlcoholWards:Ward 5


  1. Printout

Ordinance or Resolution

The Approval of Privileged Business Licenses staff report can be found under agenda item B.1.




Description of Business

Convenience Store


Business License Type

Packaged Beer and Wine





Inspection Update



i.               Zoning

Passed/Approved (MU/DRRC/ENT)


ii.               Health Inspection

Not Required


iii.               Building

Not Required


iv.               Environmental Control



v.               Fire Inspection



vi.               Police Inspection



vii.              Police Verification



Zoning Hours of Operation Allowed

24 Hours


Hours of Operation

Sunday thru Saturday 8:00AM to 12:0AM


Meeting History

Jan 10, 2018 10:00 AM Video Reno City Council Regular


Michael Chaump, Business Relations Manager, provided an overview of the staff report.

Council Member Jardon and Mr. Chaump discussed safescape regulations and how they apply to packaged beer and wine. Mr. Chaump said that this location is not bound to safescape regulations.

Joe Henry, Senior Code Enforcement Officer, discussed the safescape standards and said that they were devised to help deter crime.

Todd Collins, 201 North Virginia Street, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said that the plan is for a tourist souvenir shop as well as a small grocery/convenience store. The store is approximately 4,800 square feet, and packaged beer and wine will be a very small part of the overall product offering. Asbestos abatement has already been completed, and the applicant is renovating the space to be a bright, clean general store.

Discussion ensued regarding the anticipated space that will be devoted to produce and souvenir items; restrictions on malt liquor and packaged beer and wine; restrictions on alcohol products containing over 24% alcohol; potential use of the upper floors of the building, which are now vacant; possible nonconformity issues with the property; and restrictions on glass.

Alex Woodley, Code Enforcement Manager, said that malt liquor is considered beer, but he was not certain of the alcohol content of malt liquor. He said that he explained the safescape provisions to the applicant and his representative, and they agreed to comply with them. They agreed to not exceed 25% of the window coverage area and to refrain from selling malt liquor above 16 ounces in glass.

Mr. Collins confirmed that the restrictions are wholly acceptable to the applicant and will be dutifully followed.

Mayor Schieve discussed the need for exterior maintenance of the building.

Mr. Collins said that the owner of the building is considering future renovations of the building, and noted that the applicant will be updating the marquee signage at Second and Virginia streets.

Mayor Schieve said that the building renovations should occur sooner rather than later.

Mr. Woodley said that there is already a code case pending, and staff will be aggressively pursuing the maintenance issue with the owner of the building.

Mayor Schieve and Vice Mayor Jardon requested that the owner provide the City with the renderings of the future plans for the building.

Mr. Collins said that he would reach out to the owner of the building to get those renderings.

Council Member Brekhus and Mr. Henry discussed the restrictions and cap on the sale of alcohol as opposed to the sale of beer and wine.

Vice Mayor Jardon said that she would be willing to move forward with approval of the license with the understanding that the applicant agreed not to exceed 25% of the window coverage area, not to sell any malt liquor in glass bottles over 16 ounces, and the applicant's representative will pursue with the owner of the building renderings of the future plans for this space and relay to the owner the message that the condition of the exterior of the building is a problem that should be remedied.

The Council upheld the staff recommendation with the additional conditions.

MOVER:David Bobzien, Councilmember
SECONDER:Paul McKenzie, Councilmember
AYES:Hillary Schieve, Jenny Brekhus, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Paul McKenzie, Neoma Jardon, David Bobzien