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Proposed Supermarket Wine Deal Draws Criticism

Proposed Supermarket Wine Deal Draws Criticism

CREATED Jan 22, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.

Liquor industry lobbyists this year have for the first time engaged in serious negotiations with leaders of both chambers of the General Assembly about the perennial effort to uncork wine sales in grocery stores.

The Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association wants the measure to set a minimum share of grocery sales to qualify for a wine license. That would exclude many large stores like Wal-Mart and Target, along with most convenience stores and gas station shops from the measure.

Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association Executive Director Emily LeRoy said she supports last year's Senate version of the bill that would include her members.

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