On Wednesday (which shall now forever be known as Winednesday), Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill to allow grocery stores, restaurants, and hotels across Pennsylvania to sell wine. Subsequently, AA memberships tripled that day as well.
The best part?
It permits direct shipments of wine to homes, and removes restrictions on when State Stores can open on Sundays and holidays. It also gives the Liquor Control Board flexibility in pricing, and provides licenses allowing casinos to sell alcohol around the clock. (Philly.com)
And let’s get back to the biggest coup: grocery stores can now offer wine along with beer.
Any of those businesses could seek a permit allowing them to sell up to four bottles of wine per customer for off-premises consumption until 11 at night. (Philly.com)
Do you know what this means? I’ve got two humongous elephants in the room, and I’d like to introduce them to you:
Does this mean that Erie will finally be able to open their arms wide to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market? I know many people had hoped the makers of “Two Buck Chuck” (inexpensive wines now sold for $3.97) would arrive during the West Erie Plaza’s Renaissance, but without the wine bill, this was nearly impossible. But now? There’s hope…