Tenn. wine in supermarkets debate takes new turn - WKRN News 2

Tenn. wine in supermarkets debate takes new turn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Tennesee's debate on whether to sell wine in supermarkets and convenience stores has taken a new turn.

The house chairman who made the deciding vote against the bill, is expected to change his mind on the issue.

Right now supermarkets and convenience stores such as this one are prohibited from selling anything stronger than five percent alcohol by weight.

Tim Grussing, a wine connoisseur said "I believe it is bad for small business, and it's also bad for the consumer. We lack the buying power that a major chain like Kroger has.

"Grocery stores will put it on their shelves, and they'll have a better price point a lower price than the retail establishments," said Josh Fowler with the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills.

On the other side, opinion polls show wide support for allowing wine to be stocked in supermarket shelves.

The measure would also allow liquor stores to begin selling items like snacks, beer and ice in 2014.

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