The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association has provided an update regarding Governor Corbett’s’s proposal. Here’s an excerpt from the PRLA announcement;
“Gov. Corbett announced his proposal to privatize wine and spirit sales in Pennsylvania. This is the first time the Corbett administration has taken the lead on a proposal. The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association has been actively engaged on this issue and will continue to do so as the legislative process moves forward.
The proposal is expected to contain the following:
- Full privatization of wholesale and retail.
- Wholesale will be brokered by brand, with a valuation formula used to determine the cost of each brand item.
- The holder of a wholesale license will distribute the brands statewide.
- Creation of five retail licenses:
- Wine & spirits retail license: 1,200 total licenses. The licenses will be auctioned, and each county will have at minimum the same number of retail licenses as current wine & spirits shops.
- Big box stores (Costco, Walmart, etc.): They will be able to sell unlimited cases of beer and up to 6 bottles of wine per transaction.
- Grocery store (Giant, Wegman’s, etc.): They will be able to sell two 6-packs and up to 6 bottles of wine.
- Pharmacy (Rite-Aid, Walgreen’s, etc.): They will be able to sell one 6-pack and up to 6 bottles of wine.
- Convenience Store (Sheetz etc.): They will be able to sell one 6-pack.
- Wine & spirits licenses are limited to 1,200. The other four licenses are application-based with no set limit.
- Beer distributors will have the ability to enhance their license to sell wine. They would also be able to purchase a wine and spirits retail license and sell down to a mixed 6-pack.
- Restaurants and hotels will be able to sell 6 bottles of wine for no additional fee, and up to a 30-pack for an annual fee.”
I will continue to monitor this issue as it moves forward.