People in 80 Tennessee towns and counties will get the chance to vote in November on whether they want the opportunity to buy wine in grocery stores.
That number includes Knoxville, Knox County, Farragut, Maryville, and Alcoa.
The Red White and Food campaign worked to get enough signatures on petitions to get the measure on the ballots for the November 4 election.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the state's retail food stores and for their customers who want to be able to buy wine while shopping for groceries," said Susie Alcorn, Red White and Food campaign manager. "Our goal has always been to give Tennesseans the opportunity to vote on this issue, and now they will have that chance."
The group collected a total of 262,247 signatures statewide on those petitions. They needed 10% of the voters that voted in the last gubernatorial election to get on the ballot in each municipality.
"The massive amount of signatures collected during this short campaign is a testament to consumers' desire to purchase wine where they shop for food," said Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer of K-VA-T Food Stores/Food City, and board chairman of Red White and Food. "Our customers have been telling us for years that they want the convenience of buying wine at the grocery store. They made their voices heard in phase one of the campaign, and I hope that they will take that passion to the voting booth on Election Day. We will soon be gearing up for phase two of the campaign and getting all of our supporters to the polls."
In areas where the referendum passes, retail food stores will be able to sell wine beginning July 1, 2016.
Where wine will be on the ballot:
2. Church Hill
8. Oak Ridge
19. Lenoir City
25. Mt. Juliet
26. Pleasant View
29. Spring Hill
33. Unincorporated Knox County
35. Thompson's Station
40. Johnson City
42. Union City
43. Pigeon Forge
46. Red Bank
48. Unincorporated Cumberland County
53. East Ridge
56. White House
57. Signal Mountain
61. Ashland City
73. Mt. Pleasant