The liquor stores shouldn't really be worried about losing sales. Why? Because what stock boy at the grocery store is going to know anything about wine pairings? The main liquor is still at the liquor store AND they'll have wine. Unless the grocery store happens to have exactlly what i want, then i'm still going to have to go to a liquor store. I go to Andy's on 29th in MWC. They know exactlly where every bottle is, what it goes with, what you should use to cook/bake, etc. They are extremely knowledgeable (more so than any other liquor store ive been to). I'm not going to stop going there just because Crest can carry wine-in-a-box.
the only other part that could be not accurate would either be the statement that the grocery stores want it badly.... or that they are a much larger lobbying group than the liquor store owners of Oklahoma....
while i found your information to be useful and very helpful, i'm still not sure what part of my statement you thought was not correct
While I can understand where the "no liquor on Sunday" thing comes from, what is up with the car dealership Sunday ban?
basil guess what, you can go 3 aisles over and get fresh basil. But the issue isn't just about wine in grocery stores; it is about bags of chips and bottle openers in liquor stores as well. Oklahomans have been repressed for so long they forgot what freedom is (or maybe never new).
Wouldn't you rather have store like this instead of Andy's?
Not being free for reasons based on nothing but nonsense is quite a Oklahoma cultural tradition, but at least they are slowly been rejected as the decades go by, for instance, tattoo application is now lawful.
There isn't a grocery store in OKC that would ever do anything like that wine set up. This city blows for grocery options.
Lots of texas folks drive to OK for wine and liquor for a reason.
Do you also think that we should unilaterally prohibit stores from selling meats so that butcher shops can make a come-back? I can't see any evidence that shows that allowing grocery stories to sell wine reduces my selection. In fact, my experience is 100% opposite. I have never seen, nor frankly bought, so much wine!
Another thing that concerns me, is that if they allow wine and beer sales in grocery stores, will they still limit the sales to 9 pm, and none on Sundays? Right now, I can run on Sunday and buy a case of beer (albeit 3.2). It's better than nothing, and is good for game day. If they don't change the blue laws at the same time, but all the 3.2 beer leaves Oklahoma, will this kill getting beer on a Sunday (or late night beer runs?).
If we're going to change liquor laws, I'm more concerned with getting cold beer from liquor stores (yeah, try getting that past the 7-11 lobby), and 7 day a week liquor store's.
At least we don't have the cluster-you-know-what that is Texas's liquor laws.
It's important to some in the alcohol biz and therefor important to some legislators.
Here's and article in today's Denver Business Journal about Breckenridge Brewery opening up a new brewery outside Colorado because of some lobbyists who want to maintain the status quo.
Denver Business Journal - Breckenridge Brewery will take new brewery, jobs to East Coast
Whole Foods I've been to outside of OKC and Tulsa have a similar set up, to include tastings.
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