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25 years ago: Grocery, convenience store owners want to sell ‘strong beer’

February 25, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 25, 1989:

At hearings this week in Topeka, representatives of grocery stores and convenience stores requested the right to sell beer with an alcohol content greater than 3.2 percent. Members of the Senate State and Federal Affairs Committee had been meeting to discuss allowing beer sales on Sundays in Kansas when the issue of selling "strong beer" had also been raised. Only state-licensed liquor stores were then permitted to sell the stronger beer along with liquor and wine. The question was then raised as to whether grocery stores and convenience stores would be allowed to sell beer below cost, or at prices lower than that allowed for liquor stores. An editorial in today's Journal-World aired the opinion that if that turned out to be the case, then Kansas liquor stores should also be permitted to determine their own prices. "It shouldn't be a one-way street," the editorial read. "If grocery and convenience stores can sell strong beer, it's time for state officials to order a complete review of the state's policy on pricing." The writer also expressed concern about under-age customers buying beer in food stores: "Without proper policing and fines -- similar to those handed out against liquor store owners who sell to minors -- there are bound to be an increasing number of underage children buying beer."


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