Grocery Stores Stock Shelves with Expanded Wine Selection After ABC Approval

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- It's official and the shelves are already being stocked.

Wednesday morning the ABC approved 214 applications from grocery and convenience stores across the state to be able to sell an expanded selection of wine. 

"They'd previously been limited to small farm wine that produced less than about 250,000 gallons a year," says Scott Hardin, DF&A spokesperson.

Now the retailers can carry a bigger inventory, something that many liquor stores across the state aren't happy about.

"It's disappointing," says Danny Matson, who owns Pinnacle Valley Liquor.  "We're going to go on and do the best we can with it and we're not planning to go out of business because of it."

Many customers are in support of it.

"I think it's a good thing," says Candice McBride.  "You can buy your wine while you're in the grocery store so it kind of makes it easier for parents with little children."

"If they have a good selection then I'll probably buy it when I'm there," says Kelly McConnell.

The larger variety of wine will be available for customers to start purchasing on Thursday.

Click here to see the full list of approved applications.


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