Crackdown finds 16 stores in Erie County peddling booze to minors

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A recent sting operation on clerks expected to sell alcohol only to people of legal age found 80 percent of stores in compliance, however that left 16 stores facing charges.

Out of 70 stores in which New York State Liquor Authority officials conducted sting operations with underage actors, 56 declined to sell the underage representative alcohol. Clerks in the other 16 are facing serious charges related to selling alcohol to minors.

Officials say the following stores are not in compliance:

  1. Spice Bazaar on Sheridan Drive in Amherst
  2. University Mobil on Sheridan Drive in Amherst
  3. Robo Self Serve on Main Street in Williamsville
  4. Williamsville Liquor Store on Main Street in Williamsville
  5. Passport Wine & Spirits on Main Street in Clarence
  6. Premium Wine & Spirits on Transit in Williamsville
  7. Niagara County Produce Inc. on Transit Road in East Amherst
  8. Price Rite Market on West Delavan Avenue in Buffalo
  9. Save A Lot on Grant Street in Buffalo
  10. Family Food Market on Auburn Avenue in Buffalo
  11. Evergreen Mini Mart on West Ferry Street in Buffalo
  12. Elmwood Express Minimart on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo
  13. Corner Stop on Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo
  14. Mini Max Market on Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo
  15. Hampshire Express on 170 Hampshire Street in Buffalo
  16. Best Value Wine and Liquor on Southwestern Boulevard in West Seneca

Officials say those holding liquor licenses face fines of up to $10,000 per violation. Repeat offenders will face a potential suspension. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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