State Legislators Propose Bill to Allow Hard Liquor Sales in Grocery Stores

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 14:53:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Legislation has decided to repeal a decades-old law that requires liquor stores to be stand-alone facilities will be taken up by a state senate committee.

The bill would allow hard spirits such as whisky and rum to be sold alongside beer, wine and groceries in traditional supermarkets and other stores that sell groceries.

Currently, many grocery stores have a standalone liquor store directly adjacent to their regular store.

Bill proponents say the prohibition-era law is no longer necessary, and all the law is doing is giving a competitive business advantage to a select few businesses in the state.

Support for the measure comes from big box retailers which claim their customers are looking for increased convenience.

Independent liquor stores say allowing liquor sales inside grocery stores could create easier access for potential underage drinkers.