Read at Brooklyn Paper
The future of independent liquor stores in Brooklyn and across New York State is uncertain due to a senate bill that could allow supermarkets to sell wine. Critics argue that this could lead to aggressive price competition and threaten the livelihoods of local stores. Michael Correra, head of the Metropolitan Package Store Association, warned that this legislation would greatly harm small stores and result in job losses. He also expressed that there is already sufficient availability of wine and that consumers don't need more stores offering it. The proposed law would significantly impact Correra's own liquor store, as wine is the most profitable product that accounts for 80% of his sales.
We don't need more wine available. It's not necessary to have wine for purchase in multiple locations. You don't need to take your kids to the grocery store and see a big display of wine for sale there. We have enough. There is a reason that the system we have now works.
Michael Correra, owner of an independent liquor store in Brooklyn Heights, also expressed concern over the potential law. Wine is his most profitable product, and if people start buying wine elsewhere, he does not see how he could continue to make a profit and may have to shut down his business.
I'm only allowed to sell two products - wine and liquor. Wine is the most profitable and I make 80% of my sales from wine alone. If people go elsewhere to buy their wine, I may as well shut down my business, because I don't see how I could make a profit then.