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The debate over whether to allow grocery stores in New York to sell wine has resurfaced this legislative session. Advocates argue that there is public support for this change and that the retail sector should have a say in the decision-making process. However, liquor stores remain opposed, fearing that it could lead to small business closures and impact consumer choice and the local wine industry. Additionally, opponents raise concerns about public health and the role of alcohol in substance abuse treatment admissions.
Despite the state's alcoholic beverage commission not including this recommendation in their proposed reforms last year, advocates argue for reconsideration, citing public support and the need for retail sector representation in these discussions.
The opposition to allowing grocery stores to sell wine in New York remains strong, particularly from liquor stores. They are concerned that this change could result in the closure of small businesses and have negative effects on the variety of wine choices available to consumers. They also worry about the impact on the local wine industry and its ecosystem. Furthermore, opponents highlight public health concerns, pointing out the significant role that alcohol plays in substance abuse treatment admissions.
Opposition from liquor stores remains strong, with concerns about the potential for small business closures and negative impacts on the variety of consumer choices and the wine industry's local ecosystem.