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Local businesses not worried about Four Loko ban

November 18, 2010

Photo: Paul J. Spetrini For local liquor stores in North Kingstown, the sale of alcoholic energy drinks such as Four Loko (above, right) is a minor business at best.

NORTH KINGSTOWN—They’re the talk of everyone from radio shock jocks to state congressmen, a hit on college campuses from coast to coast and the target of an United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation, but if you want to find a can of the popular Four Loko caffeinated alcohol drink around the North Kingstown area, you’ve got to go searching high and low, through brand after brand, as they sit inconspicuously buried on a shelf inside of a refrigerated case at Kingstown Liquor Mart.
No fancy advertising or glamorous signs. Just a $2.99 sticker and a row of similar competitor beverages. Heck, if you weren’t looking for them, you probably wouldn’t notice them at all and that’s exactly how Kingstown Liquor Mart owner Frank Fede feels about the beverages themselves.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.

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