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A grocery store chain, with a large presence in East Tennessee, is happy to see the wine in grocery stores bill move through the state House.

House representatives approved that measure on Thursday. It would let Tennessee communities decide whether to allow wine sales in their local grocery stores.

The bill could take effect July 2016 if it receives approval from both the state Senate and Governor Bill Haslam.

The Kroger grocery chain said it was thrilled with the results of Thursday's vote.

Jennifer Mancini, a Drug GM coordinator with Kroger, said after seven years of discussion, Thursday's vote represented a big step.

"I think our customers are going to love it," she said. "I think they're going to love being able to get wine right here as they get the rest of their groceries."

Some local liquor stores don't have the same feelings. Some worry a change to state law could hurt their business. However, not all of them agree.

Downtown Wine and Spirits said it likes the bill because it allows them to sell alcoholic accessories, something they are not allowed to do now.

"Starting this summer, it seems like we're going to be able to sell things that we have customers come in on a daily basis and ask for, like wine keys, flasks and other things," said beverage consultant Thomas McNair.

Knoxville Representative Ryan Haynes said he expects a vote to take place in the Senate on the matter Monday.

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