A convenience store that recently opened in Columbus is one of the first in Indiana to legally sell cold beer and hard liquor.

But if two powerful state lawmakers get their way, the new Ricker’s at 25th and North Cherry streets won’t be able to sell those items much longer.

Both Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long are advocating immediate action by the General Assembly to stop the practice.

Ricker’s has obtained the proper license from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to sell carry-out liquor.  Although the 25th Street location is the 56th Richter’s store to open in Indiana, only the new Columbus store, as well as a similar store in Sheridan, have licenses to sell beer and liquor.

For more on this story, see Sunday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.