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Push continues to allow grocers to sell wine

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The wine in grocery store debate returns to Tennessee.

Currently, wine can only be bought in liquor stores but a number of grocers around the state say they want to sell it too.

Both sides of the debate made their case to a Senate sub-committee Monday.

Supporters argue wine and food go together at the table and should be sold together at grocery stores.

"[Selling wine in] food stores makes sense," said Jarron Springer with the Grocers and Convenience Store Association.  "It works in other states.  It's the right thing to do in Tennessee because consumers want it."

Opponents worry it could hurt small businesses.

Ed Fryer is a manager at The Wine Shoppe in Green Hills.

He said, "A lot of times, big companies come in and take shelf space in the grocery stores and fill with main brands, leaving little brand producers from all over the world out."

Most shoppers who spoke with News 2 said they'd like to see the state ban on supermarket wine sales lifted.

The law change has already failed twice.

A legislative committee said in March a bill to allow wine sales needed more study.

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