Liquor store owner writes lawmakers asking for changes

Liquor store owner writes lawmakers asking for changes if wine is allowed in grocery stores

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The senate state and local government committee met Monday in Nashville to discuss the wine in grocery stores bill. They're set to vote on the issue Tuesday morning.

A local liquor store is responding to the possibility of wine being sold in grocery stores across the state. They're laying out some changes to the law so they can remain competitive if that happens.

The general manager of McScrooge's Wine and Spirits sent the letter to lawmakers. In the letter, he acknowledged that the bill may pass, allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores.

He says for his family-owned store to survive, additional changes to liquor law and regulations would need to be made.

The general manager would like to be able to sell items other than alcohol in the stores.

He says Tennessee retailers should be allowed to ship and deliver.

He also wants liquors stores to be allowed to use manufacturer's coupons and own multiple locations.

The GM says to survive the stores should be permitted to be open 365 days a year, including Sundays and holidays.

He says if the bill passes the implementation of the law should be delayed so store owners can alter their business models.

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