Tennesee's debate on whether to sell wine in supermarkets and convenience stores has taken a new turn.
The house chairman who made the deciding vote against the bill, is expected to change his mind on the issue.
Right now supermarkets and convenience stores such as this one are prohibited from selling anything stronger than five percent alcohol by weight.
Tim Grussing, a wine connoisseur said “I believe it is bad for small business, and it's also bad for the consumer. We lack the buying power that a major chain like Kroger has.
“Grocery stores will put it on their shelves, and they'll have a better price point a lower price than the retail establishments,” said Josh Fowler with the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills.
On the other side, opinion polls show wide support for allowing wine to be stocked in supermarket shelves.
The measure would also allow liquor stores to begin selling items like snacks, beer and ice in 2014.
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- Feb. 24, 2013: New proposal could allow wine in grocery stores to be reality
- Jan. 31, 2013: Legislation would let public vote on wine in grocery stores
- Dec. 3, 2012: 2 top lawmakers support public vote for wine in grocery stores
- Dec. 2, 2012: Prospects brighten for wine in Tenn. groceries
- Oct. 12, 2012: Kroger begins focused push for win in grocery stores
- March 3, 2011: Association hopeful wine will be sold in Tenn. grocery stores
- Feb. 11, 2011: Local winery owners want wine sold in grocery stores
- Feb. 2, 2011: Supporters say wine in grocery stores would create jobs
- Oct. 28, 2009: Metro prepared for wine in grocery stores
- Oct. 28, 2009: Wine in grocery store debate returns to Capitol Hill
- March 24, 2009: Wine sales uncorks spirited debate, again
- Feb. 19, 2009: Budget shortfall could help bring wine to supermarkets
- Jan. 12, 2009: Lawmakers to discuss grocery store wine sales
- Nov. 17, 2008: Push continues to allow grocers to sell wine
- March 25, 2008: Wine won't be available in grocery stores anytime soon