Chattanooga Area Grocery Stores awarded wine licences
Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF) – After months of debating the idea, city council members had no choice but to issue 17 wine licenses Tuesday afternoon to grocery stores in the Chattanooga, Hixson, and Ooltewah areas.
“I’m not a coinsure of wine, so it doesn’t bother me,” City Council Member Yusuf Hakeem said.
“But at the same time does it create more of a problem for the inner city? Making it more available? I don’t see a positive impact as a result of that at this time.”
One of the main concerns community members seemed to have with the new legislation is with the negative affects it could have on local liquor store sales.
“I don’t believe that wine in the grocery stores is really that large of an issue, but even for the city of Chattanooga that issue has already been resolved,” Council Member Larry Grohn said.
“These persons have built up a clientele over the years, and it’s like taking a part of their business away from them. So we’re going to have to see how that all plays out.”
“Anything else I didn’t cover? Drink responsibly.”