New bill allows wine in supermarkets on July 1

New bill allows wine in supermarkets on July 1

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill to allow Tennessee grocery stores to begin selling wine.

The new bill fixes a provision in the original act and will impose a cap on liquor store ownership. Under the original act, stores had to wait until July 1 to apply for licenses to sell wine--which would've delayed sales for a several months.

The new bill allows the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission to issue provisional licenses to food stores and to permit wholesalers to start delivering wine before July 1.

That means customers won't have to wait until after July 1 to begin buying wine in their local store.

Governor Bill Haslam must sign the bill before it becomes law.

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