Convenience stores want in on grocery store wine talks

(WBIR) Lawmakers this week are getting ready to discuss whether to allow wine in Tennessee grocery stores. But, there's growing concerns that other businesses which sell a lot of the same items could be left out of the wine game.

Some convenience store owners say they're concerned the plan would not give them the chance to sell wine, even if grocery stores get the go ahead.

The CEO of the E-Z Stop convenience store chain said he just wants his stores to have a chance to compete.

"We realize you're not going to take your grocery cart and shop in our stores, but we want the ability to compete. If momma calls and says pick up a loaf of bread, a jug of milk, and a bottle of wine, then we want the ability to serve that customer without losing the sale to a grocery store," Tommy Hunt, CEO of E-Z Stop said.

State Representative Joe Armstrong says if the wine in grocery stores plan passes, it's likely that convenience stores would also be included.

A House committee is scheduled to vote on the plan this Tuesday.


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