Haslam questions need to put cap on liquor store ownership
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he is unsure of the need to restore limits on liquor store ownership that existed before a new state law to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets.
The state liquor store association was a major opponent of the 2014 move to allow grocery stores to begin stocking wine this summer. And as a part of an unrelated move to allow stores to being taking wine deliveries before July 1, the liquor stores are looking to head off competition from large retailers by seeking a two-store ownership limit.
Haslam told reporters Tuesday that his “gut feeling is to leave the cap off.”
Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell said it “wouldn’t be a top priority” to help liquor store owners who long fought supermarket wine.