UPDATE: The matter against Sunshine Supermarket was deferred until the next Public Safety and Licensing Committee meeting on Feb. 1 because there were errors in the summons and complaint. Those errors are being corrected and the summons and complaint are being reissued.
Meanwhile another issue arose. The Committee learned that Fouad Ali, Candace Ali’s husband, had applied for a soda/water beverage, cigarette, and tobacco products retail license for another store called FuFu’s Hot Spot LLC, 2120 16th St. However, Candace Ali came into apply and has the same address as her husband. This raised some concern by the committee, which asked staff to do further research and bring their findings to the next meeting.
Candice told the Committee that her husband was opening up the second store, not her.
“All I was doing was helping him, to make sure it was done right,” she said. “He’s never been in trouble. I’m not looking for a beer license, they should not combine what he’s doing with me. We just want to be involved in another store.”
Candice told the Committee that she didn’t think it was fair that the problems from the other store may get used against her.
“Already I feel bad for the situation from the other store,” she said.
ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Racine issued a summons and complaint against Candace Ali, the owner of Sunshine Supermarket, for creating “undesirable neighborhood problems” and is looking at revoking the store’s liquor license.
The city has ordered Ali to appear before the City of Racine Public Safety and Licensing Committee on Tuesday with the intent of holding a due process hearing where the liquor license could be revoked for up to 90 days.
The complaint alleges that Ali ran the business in such a way that has “created undesirable neighborhood problems because of the management and/or location of the supermarket and its associated activities.”
Sunshine Supermarket, 1559 Taylor Ave., had a civil disturbance between Ali and the landlord, Iyad Alabed, on Nov. 9, 2015, and was cited for serving alcohol to underage youth on Sept. 15, 2016. It has also had many police calls, according to the complaint.
A couple living in the apartments above Sunshine Market and a third man were charged with homicide after they killed Kim Cantwell, a neighbor, on Oct. 4.
This isn’t the first time the market has been in front of the Committee. In September, officers handed out 29 citations to two clerks, according to a story by the Journal Times.
At the meeting Tuesday, the Committee turns into a quasi-judicial body where a special attorney represents the City’s interest and Ali, or her attorney, can lay out her position on the matter. After the committee hears from both sides, they can decide to revoke the liquor license for up to 90 days.
Calls were made to Sunshine Market, but were not returned. However, we’ll add more to this story if we receive a phone call back from them.