Wine Bill Brings Change To Liquor Stores -- Sky Arnold
Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 11:53 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--For three generations Ryan Sinkers family has owned liquor stores.
Soon the Sinkers location on Gallatin Road in Inglewood will begin selling beer for the first time.
"As business goes you wouldn't want to miss out on it. Definitely could sell," said Sinkers.
Under current law liquor stores are only able to sell high alcohol content beers.
The wine bill compromise that just passed both Houses of the General Assembly changes that.
That bill gives grocery stores the right to sell wine in communities that approve it in July of 2016.
Liquor stores can sell beer and other items like corkscrews in July.
"There was give and take by everyone around the table," said State Senator Bill Ketron.
Ketron worked for 7 years to pass the wine bill.
He says the compromise is a big reason the House passed it Thursday but some don't like it.
Representative Any Holt is among those who feel it's unfair liquor stores can sell beer before grocery stores can sell wine.
"This is a systematic way that our legislature has picked the winners and losers as it relates to retail sales of alcohol," said Holt.
Supporters argued liquor stores needed the earlier start to prepare to compete with grocery stores.
At Sinkers that time will come in handy figuring out where they're going to put beer.
It's a big change for a family that's always sold liquor and wine.
"Just not sure how it's going to change. Could be for the better and could not be," said Sinkers.