Wegmans wins right to sell beer in six locations in an LCB decision announced today. Beer distributors file a lawsuit. Read about it here.
This is amusing. Sorry, but it is: this “right” has existed since the 1950s, and no one has had the guts or brains to do it until Wegmans came to town. It’s an R license, a “deli license.” What’s a deli? A small grocery store. I’ve seen R’s that only did take-out food, didn’t even have seats, and had shelves of groceries. Wegman’s is different, and the coming of the Anti-Christ, because they have bigger shelves?
All this angst is misplaced. The real problem here is the State (Stalinist) Store System. Do away with it, allow specialty booze stores to sell wine, spirits and beer, and the grocery store issue becomes moot. This will happen about the time my great-granddaughter is elected Prime Minister of the Moon.
I hope they get approval for the new Wegman’s in Collegeville and that they actually serve beer at their Cafe. As I posted over at the Brew Lounge food shopping (which I love to do anyway) will become that much better. My wife will wonder why it take 4 hours to go grocery shopping at a store that is a mile away. She stills wonders why it takes an hour and a half to get a growler filled (I never let her come in. Some one has to stay in the car with the kids.)
Yeah, you know, angst. Hand-wringing, quivering of the bowels, that kinda thing. Among the distributors and the legislators, not you and me.
‘Swhat I figured, Lew, but the way you worded it (“all *this* angst”), I was a-scared you’d gone over the edge and detected some hand-wringing in what was just a link. Toss in “Stalinist” as another clue and I was considering rounding up Big Dan and whatever small man is his foil this week and heading up there to do an intervention.