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TN governor signs wine in grocery stores bill

The earliest anyone in Tennessee could see wine in grocery stores would be July 2016. The earliest anyone in Tennessee could see wine in grocery stores would be July 2016.

(WMC-TV) – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the wine in grocery stores bill in Nashville Thursday morning. This now puts this legislation into the hands of voters.

The bill would allow grocery stores to sell wine, but only if local voters approve it.

The earliest anyone in Tennessee could see wine in grocery stores would be July 2016.

Convenience store owners worry a provision in the bill is going to hurt their business. Wine sales in supermarkets have long been opposed because of its potential to put package stores out of business.

Lawmakers came up with a compromise. Beginning this July, package stores can begin selling other items, like tobacco products, lottery tickets, and non-alcoholic beverages.

This will give those stores a two-year head start to increase business before the supermarket competition sets in.

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