Wine bill to have impact on liquor stores, opponent says

Wine bill to have impact on liquor stores, opponent says

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A bill that was signed into law this week by Governor Asa Hutchinson will allow grocery stores to sell a larger selection of wine.

However, one area liquor store owner said Thursday that he was worried that the change would have an impact on his business.

John Roleson, the owner of Holiday Liquor Store in Paragould, said he would not be able to keep up with larger retailers like Walmart on sales. However, he said he believes the store's customer base is loyal.

"Wine's one of our biggest profit makers, and we sell a lot of wine.  It's one of, you know it's 40 percent of our business, and it's going to definitely hurt.  It could affect pricing we might have to match Walmart in the end," Roleson said.

Under the current law, grocery stores can only sell wine from small wineries. However, the new law, which takes effect in October, will give grocery stores the ability to stock a larger selection of wine.

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