Wine, Strong Beer Sales in Minnesota Grocery Stores Could Be Possibility

April 06, 2017 07:26 AM

Could wine and strong beer soon be purchased in grocery stores in Minnesota?

There is growing talk that possibility could be closer to reality than people might think.


It's part of why a city like Wayzata, which operates its own liquor store, intends to have it open on Sundays as soon as state law officially allows this July.

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The manager of Wayzata Wine and Spirits said the store needs be competitive with other liquor stores that will be open on Sundays. But that it also must anticipate the possibility of grocery stores being allowed to sell wine and strong beer in the near future. 

"Because the same people who pushed for the repeal of the Sunday ban on liquor sales are the same people pushing for liquor sales in grocery stores," Kevin Castellano told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

"If we want to make sure we keep growing our sales, we need to stay competitive with other liquor stores that will be open on Sundays. And you sort of have to look toward the future too."

The president of the Minnesota Grocers Association said they definitely want to see wine and strong beer sold in their members' outlets someday.

But not this year.

"We want to see how things go over the next year, and we will pay close attention to how this affects our sales of 3.2-malt beverages," Jamie Pfuhl said.

"Because if we lose some of our market share in that area due to Sunday liquor sales it would make us take a closer look at what we might ask from the legislature to level the competitive playing field."

Pfuhl said the MGA has no concrete plans or strategy in place to seek a change in next year's legislative session.

"But there is always a chance it could happen," he said.


Jay Kolls

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