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Business Headlines: Who’s Hiring? Costly Liquor Licenses

By Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal
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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – The holidays could be the answer for job seekers.

According to one survey, retail hiring is up 16-percent over 2010.

All that is ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

Boloco is hiring.  The local burrito chain says it will open six restaurants over the next 14-months and they vow to open at least six more every year going forward.

And a company called Exagrid has 16-positions open for anyone who wants to take on the challenge of getting rid of tape-based data storage.

Exagrid is based in Westboro, and they say they’re bracing for fast growth.

Restaurant chain ‘Dave and Busters’ says it has gotten almost 18-hundred job applications for 250-to-300 job openings at its new location in Braintree, outside the South Shore Plaza.

It’s Dave and Buster’s first location in Massachusetts.  It’s a bar and restaurant with games and attractions for adults.

They say they’ll open on December 12th after a long battle with the town over selling alcohol.

Expensive Liquor Licenses

Being able to serve drinks in Boston is getting pricier.

Depending on the neighborhood, a full liquor license can now cost as much as $450,000!

Just to serve beer and wine costs around $50,000.

The reason for this is a spike in the number of restaurants that are opening and the city caps the number of liquor licenses that are available.

Watch Lisa’s report:

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal can be seen weekdays at 6 a.m. on WBZ-TV.

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