Finally Tennessee Grocers can Sell Wine in Stores; New Law, a Big Win for Wine Enthusiasts and Businesses
Before Friday, shoppers could not find a bottle of wine in Tennessee’s grocery stores and could only get it from a state-licensed liquor stores but now things have changed.
On Friday, Tennessee grocers started selling wine for the first time after years of argument, lobbying and convincing the law makers.
After the highly anticipated law allowing wine in grocery stores came into effect, now Tennesseans can shop for a bottle of red wine with their steak at grocery stores all around the state. That includes locations of Kroger, Wal-Mart, Publix, Sam’s Club and Costco along with others.
The law is one of the most noteworthy changes to state’s liquor laws since the repeal of Prohibition. It is expected to have an effect on the way consumers shop for booze and is also expected to raise a large amount in taxes.
Among much celebration, St. Elmo Food City store, an outlet among the sixty nine that Food City has, started selling wine on Friday at 8 a.m.
State legislative leaders, wine enthusiasts as well as company officials gathered to celebrate the newest offerings after years of effort. They uncorked huge wine bottles that were filled with confetti. Food City Executive Vice President Mickey Blazer said it was an “exciting day for the grocery industry and for the people of Tennessee.”
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