‘Wine in Grocery Stores’ Dead For Another Year

Statement from Jarron Springer, president of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association.
“The Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association remains committed to the effort to change Tennessee’s antiquated liquor laws to allow for the sale of wine in retail food stores. We are in business to serve our customers, and they have told us time and again that they want to purchase wine where they shop for food.
“As you may have heard, we are at an impasse with the legislature, and the ‘wine in retail food stores’ bill will not be heard this year. The makeup of the Senate State & Local Government Committee and the House State & Local Government Committee has not changed in some time, and a majority of the current members are not eager to vote for our bill. Everyone knows that if the bill were to be heard by the full legislature, it would pass.
“In the months to come, we ask that you get to know who represents you in the legislature. Please press legislative candidates for their position on the issue of wine in retail food stores, and vote accordingly. When possible, Red White and Food will share information about the candidates to help you make an informed decision prior to Election Day.
“To the 27,000-plus members of Red White and Food, we thank you for your support. We are confident the issue of wine in retail food stores will be back in 2013. We’re not giving up, and we hope you will join us in our continued fight to give consumers what they want – the ability to purchase wine where they shop for food.”

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