Four Q&T convenience stores and the Beer Barn liquor store were seized and closed by the state due to the nonpayment of $46,745 in sales tax, said Mark Couch, spokesman for the state department.
The Q&T food stores and liquor store, operated by owner John Logan, are located on North and South Townsend Avenue, as well as East and West Main Street, according to city officials.
A man outside the Q&T Monday on South Townsend, where the Beer Barn also is located, claiming to be the owner, although he would not give his name, said he expects to have the businesses reopened by the end of the week.
According to the Department of Revenue, if the taxes aren't paid, the properties are scheduled for auction in the first week of February.
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