Proposed Bill Seeks Supermarket Wine Sales, Threatening Independent Liquor Stores
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The future of independently owned liquor stores in Brooklyn - and across the state - could be in jeopardy if a state Senate bill that would permit supermarkets to sell wine were to become law. The bill would allow grocery stores and supermarkets to obtain a license to sell wine on their premises, which opponents say could lead to a fierce price competition that could put the mom-and-pop stores out of business. Furthermore, it would cut into their existing sales.
"The future of independently owned liquor stores in Brooklyn - and across the state - could be in jeopardy if a state Senate bill that would permit supermarkets to sell wine were to become law."
Michael Correra, the head of Metropolitan Package Store Association, said that the legislation would cripple small stores and potentially put many people out of work. He also said that consumers are already able to get “the wine they need and don't need more stores offering it.” Correra, who is also the owner of an independent liquor store in Brooklyn Heights, says the law would cut into his revenue - and potentially put him out of business.
"The legislation would cripple small stores and potentially put many people out of work."
Correra added that the selling of wine in independent liquor stores like his is
sn't going to generate new jobs in the community. It will only lead to a huge loss of jobs," Correra said.
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