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Selling of wine at grocery stories in Arkansas' wet counties put to judge

2 sides state their case on new law

By Linda Satter

This article was published November 14, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.



Wine drinkers across Arkansas' 40 "wet" counties will be able to buy their favorite wine in grocery stores or convenience stores as early as Thursday, if a federal judge decides today to reject a request from area liquor store proprietors.



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LR1955 says... November 14, 2017 at 6:52 a.m.

The Kroger in Colony West just downgraded their wine section & selections.

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JSS824 says... November 14, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.

Feel sorry for the liquor store owner to lose sales..not. Where were they before this, charging premium prices and keeping a lousy inventory most likely.

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drs01 says... November 14, 2017 at 8:42 a.m.

If you believe individual Wal-Mart stores will be buying wine for just their location, you are naive. Wal-Mart has distribution centers and trucks on the road delivering merchandise to store locations. Product purchase decisions are made at headquarters. Kroger may have the same system. This decision will drive many liquor stores out of business. Beer is being sold as a lost leader at every corner gas station, killing that product for liquor stores. Liquor stores can't sell food, make burgers etc. but everyone else selling the same products can. The deck is stacked against small liquor stores.

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Murphy01 says... November 14, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.

As a private business owner I'm all for a free market. In my business I either adapt to changing business climates or I loose money. Legacy is a great liquor store, very near my home. For wine, I've always done my shopping at Colonial but have started going into Legacy more and more. I can't see myself buying much wine at Kroger unless I am already in the store for other items. I do not like the entitlement attitude of these store owners. Maybe I will reconsider Legacy from this point forward.

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1961Feegis says... November 14, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.

Even if Wal Mart can sell Bud Light and Champipple to the drunks that buy beer and wine only to get drunk, I will continue to use my local Liquor Store because of the knowledgeable staff who can recommend beverages based on their knowledge of the product. At the same time, I don't think "cuttin' into my profits" and stifling competition is a valid argument to nullify a decision that came about through due process.

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Delta123 says... November 14, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.

Small grocers, hardware stores, and pharmacies, among many others, could all make the same argument. That they can't compete against the big boys. Sorry liquor store owners, it just doesn't work that way. Adapt and overcome.

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RBBrittain says... November 14, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.

Liquor stores retain a competitive advantage: Grocery stores still can't sell hard liquor. Their whole equal protection argument was stupid; if anything they'd have a better chance striking down the single-store, church & school, etc. rules as denying THEM equal protection. And LR1955, I betcha Kroger evicted several of the marginal "small farm winery" wines so they'll have room to stock other wines just as soon as ABC approves their permit. As the article says, they're probably in the back already waiting for the OK from ABC.

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CartoonDude says... November 14, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

You can go get your Barefoot wine at Kroger AND buy milk, eggs, and meat. Liquor stores aren't allowed to sell those items. Seems like the ABC should address that.

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