North Central Bible College (NCBC) is expanding – and as a result Little Judge’s Liquor Store is going out of business. The Minneapolis-based Assemblies of God college bought the building which houses the liquor store in 1994, putting it in the awkward position of being landlord to a liquor store. But now that the lease has run out, the store will be forced to leave.
It’s the second time NCBC has thrown Little Judge’s out of a building; in 1988 the school bought another building that used to house the store. “It’s actually a coincidence,” explains Dr. Gordon Anderson, president of the college. “We needed the property, and it became available. We certainly don’t plan to buy every building they move into.”
Still, closing Little Judge’s is a plus, admits Anderson. “Everyone is very happy. Free enterprise is part of America and selling liquor is part of the American economy. But the perception in the neighborhood has been that this particular store catered to chronic alcoholics, and drew people with these problems to the neighborhood. People in the neighborhood, Christian or not, perceived it as a blight on the neighborhood, and are happy to see it go.”
– E.P. News