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Sherman cuts red tape for pawn shops, liquor stores

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SHERMAN, Texas -- It's getting easier to open up a pawn shop or liquor store in Sherman.

The Sherman City Council recently modified rules to eliminate some of the hurdles standing in the way of these business owners.

Previously, new pawn shops and liquor stores had been required to obtain a "specific use permit" from the city before opening in an established retail or commercial business district.

Then the City of Sherman had a legal expert review its zoning codes, resulting in some changes to City Ordinance No. 6194.

"He realized that we're actually out of compliance when it comes to state law, when it came to the liquor stores and the pawn shops," said city spokesman Nate Strauch. "So this was a change that the city was essentially forced to make by the State of Texas to say that liquor stores and pawn shops are treated just the same as other types of businesses."

City Attorney Brandon Shelby says refunds may be due to establishments that have already paid for specific use permits.

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