Local liquor store’s sales down, grocery’s up 1 year since wine hit TN supermarket shelves

By Brian Lemay No comments


TOMORROW MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE STATE LAW IN TENNESSEE ALLOWED BOTTLES OF WINE TO LINE THE SHELVES OF GROCERY STORES. ELIZABETH KUEBEL JOINS US LIVE IN KINGSPORT…WHE RE SHE LEARNED FOOD CITY C-E-O STEVE SMITH IS STILL PUSHING TO EXPAND WINE SALES ACROSS THE STATE. A FEW MONTHS AGO FOOD CITY C-E-O STEVE SMITH LED THE CHARGE TO EXPAND WINE SALES TO SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS IN THE STATE… BUT LEGISLATION TO THAT EFFECT DID NOT PASS THIS PAST YEAR. NOW TAKE A LOOK AT THESE SHELVES FULL OF WINE… AN INDICATION OF ONE STATE LAW RELATED TO WINE THAT WAS SUCCESSFULLY CHANGED A YEAR AGO… WHICH WAS GETTING WINE INTO GROCERY STORES IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHILE IT’S A POSITIVE CHANGE FOR GROCERY STORES, ONE LIQUOR STORE OWNER SAYS SALES AT HIS STORE ARE LESS THAN FRUITFUL. AS VINNIE ARCHER AND HER HUSBAND JIMMY STOCK UP AT FOOD CITY… 6:45 MEAT FOR THE WEEK AND OUR CEREAL SHE ALSO PICKS UP A BOTTLE OF HER FAVORITE WINE. 7:28 IT’S VERY NICE AND CONVENIENT IT’S THAT CONVENIENCE THAT’S HELPING GROCERY STORE SALES… STEVE SMITH – 52:21 WE SELL MORE WINE THAN WE DO WATER, THAN WE DO COLD CEREAL, SO IT IS A SIGNIFICANT CATEGORY IN OUR SUPER MARKETS WITH A NEW LAW THAT WENT INTO EFFECT JULY FIRST LAST YEAR… ALLOWING LICENSED FOOD RETAILERS ACROSS THE STATE TO STOCK THEIR SHELVES WITH WINE. 54:17 IT GIVES PEOPLE WHO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE AND BE ABLE TO BUY A SPECIAL CUT OF MEAT OR THAT SEAFOOD ITEM THAT THEY MAY HAVE AND ENJOY A BOTTLE OF WINE WITH IT BUT FOR THOMAS CARTER… WHO OWNS AND OPERATES B AND B PACKAGE STORE IN KINGSPORT… HE SAYS SALES ARE HURTING. 12:11 I KNOW FROM JANUARY TO MAY THIS YEAR I’M DOWN PROBABLY A LITTLE OVER 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS EVENTUALLY, CARTER SAYS, HE’LL PROBABLY HAVE TO START TAKING OUT SOME OF THE MORE GENERIC WINE BRANDS… 29:56 THAT’S WHAT THEYRE SELLING IN THE GROCERY STORES AND NOW… 26:40 WE’RE DEFINITELY PEDDLING UP HILL RIGHT NOW HE’S TRYING TO EXPAND AND ADAPT. 19:56 WE HAVE PUT IN COCA COLAS, WE HAVE PUT IN ALL THE ACCESSORIES FOR BAR ACCESSORIES, CORK SCREWS, SHOT GLASSES BACK HERE AT FOOD CITY… ON THE WINE AISLE… WHERE I WANT TO POINT OUT THIS SIGN TO YOU… JUST A REMINDER YOU CANNOT PURCHASE WINE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. LIVE IN KINGSPORT, ELIZABETH KUEBEL. NEWS CHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER.

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