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Deal nearly reached in debate to sell wine in grocery stores

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(WMC-TV) - After years of bitter legislative fights, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are close to a deal. The breakthrough could mean wine in your neighborhood grocery store.

It is a battle that has been fought for more than a decade: Whether wine should be allowed to be sold in supermarkets or grocery stores. Opinions are as diverse as Memphians.

"I don't think they should sell it in the grocery store," said Danette Polk, who lives in Memphis. "Grocery stores are for food not wine."

"I don't have a problem with it," said Bradley Kirk. "I used to live in Arizona and you could get hard liquor in convenient stores."

Right now, Tennessee lawmakers are deciding on a bill that would allow local municipalities to hold a vote on a local referendum so people would decide whether to permit grocery stores to sell wine.

The current proposal would not allow convenient stores or big box retailers like Wal-Mart or Target to sell wine and there is no provision for hard liquor. The bill is just a proposal for wine in grocery stores and super markets.

"Let the people decide which way they want it whether the people want it in the supermarkets or let it retain in package stores," suggested Memphis resident Bemalcum Crump.

Whether wine will be sold in grocery stores later this year is a proposal with strong emotion on both sides. It is also one that could be decided in the next few months.

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