By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A legislative disagreement over protecting liquor stores from competition means Tennesseans looking to buy wine at their local supermarket will likely have to wait a little longer for the shelves to be stocked.
Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, on Tuesday made good on his earlier threats to kill the entire bill if his colleagues stripped a provision that sought to impose a two-store limit for liquor retailers.
Todd said the cap was meant to protect mom-and-pop stores, but opponents argued that the free market should decide winners and losers.
Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester, noted that in his private retail business he must compete to succeed.
“I have no protections whatsoever in the free market, except how hard I work and how good a job I do,” he said “What’s all this protectionism? I don’t like that. I like that free market.”