Guess who the main opponent is.
The year 2009 could be when wine comes to Tennessee grocery shelves.
State law currently requires any alcohol stronger than beer to be sold in liquor stores only.
The Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association is trying to change that. They say the sale of wine at grocery stores could generate anywhere from $17-50 million in extra revenue from the state.
Liquor stores say that could put them out of business. At the very least, there would be a lot of jobs lost.
No doubt the liquor stores would face competition, but if they can't provide the value to consumers that grocery stores can, why, then, should they be propped up? What do they think they are anyways? Auto companies?
Of course we know the answer:. It has little to do with maintaining jobs, serving customers, making sure kids don't get wine, and other tired refrains - as if the grocery stores don't do all of that stuff. It's because the liquor stores want to maintain their profits, and one way to do that is to lobby politicians to pass laws making it difficult for competitors to enter the market.