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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Battle in Denver over right to sell beer!!

Supermarket wine and beer sales still facing opposition at Capitol

Associated Press - February 8, 2008 6:14 PM ET

DENVER (AP) - The fight between liquor stores and supermarkets over who should be allowed to sell beer and wine continues at the state Capitol.

The grocers' have made an effort to reach out to independent store owners and craft brewers who oppose the idea but it hasn't worked.

The new proposal would allow supermarkets and other stores that sell food, including convenience stores and large retailers like Target and Wal-Mart, to apply for a license to sell beer and wine everyday except Sunday.

Food stores would be only be allowed to dedicate 5% of their space to selling beer and wine - about one aisle in a large supermarket. And they would have to make sure that 20% of that space was dedicated to craft beer and boutique wine. Liquor stores would also be able to set aside 5% of their space for selling food.

A coalition of liquor stores maintains that opening up their stores on Sunday is the best way to offer shoppers more convenience. They fear losing business to large retailers but supermarkets say that hasn't happened in other states.

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