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Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell liquor?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 4, 2013

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“ I mean, I don’t see why not.”

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“ I have mixed feelings. It’s a good idea from a convenience perspective, but not a smart idea for the small businesses that have started and grown on the fact that grocery stores can’t sell liquor.”

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“ I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think mom and pop shops are always encouraging for the local economy. ”

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“ I think it’s a convenient idea. I’m from Missouri and you can go to the CVS to get wine.”


RoeDapple 5 years ago

NO! (But y'all stop by RoeDy's House of Paranoia and ATF Supply for all your cuzin's needs)

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

Kansas had statewide prohibition from 1881 to 1948, longer than any other state, and continued to prohibit on-premises liquor sales until 1987. As of 2012 Kansas has 19 dry counties, where on-premises liquor sales are prohibited, but the sale of 3.2% beer is permitted, though Kansas still has not ratified the 21st Amendment, which ended nationwide prohibition in 1933.

What a bass-ackward mess. There aren't even any good hardcore porn shops in this town. I have to go all the way to Troost and Main in KCMO to have any fun.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

They should sell liquor at Billy Vanilly, whatever that is. Cute girls work there.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

Well, I'm not gonna blame my drinking problem on ABC stores, but there were at least 2 on every block in Waikiki. They sold liquor from 7am-Midnight. So did Food Pantry, the rip off tourist grocery store. I used to wake up with the shakes at about 530am and walk over there with a really bad jones. They blocked off the booze aisle with grocery carts til 7am, so I'd stand right there sweating and tapping my foot until I could grab a bottle of gin. Oh, Kansas, that's right. Mom and Pop blah bah. Maybe the Merc would sell a locally made dandelion wine. And organic cigarettes, too.

del888 5 years ago

it's not any worse than being able to buy beer at any truck stop style convience store along any interstate in the U.S. I've always wondered why we are constantly told that we should not drink and drive, yet every gas station in the U.S. sells beer!!!

Enlightenment 5 years ago

I think they should allow grocery stores to sell booze. If not, at least let liquor stores sell ice and mixers alongside the booze.

Bill Lee 5 years ago

The compromise that some states use is to sell full-strength beer and wine at grocery stores, but not liquors.

LadyJ 5 years ago

Not getting involved in the debate, but would like to point out that the gas station at 23rd and Harper has a convenience store with a liquor store attached to it. Just attach a liquor store or open a store inside the store kind of like Subway does inside some convenience stores.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

What does fricken mean anyway? Who flippin' cares?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

He means that small liquor stores will be forced to go out of business.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

The cookie isle must be stocked.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

I like to dip my oreos in Bailey's Irish Cream.

Terry Sexton 5 years ago

There's an isle that's all cookies?! Hot diggity! I have often wished for such a place. Pecan Sandie beaches, chocolate chip tropics & deep water wafers! Yum! Sure hope the grocery store there sells booze.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

I agree that probably the dumbest thing is not being able to buy mixers, soda, or anything except liquor in a liquor store. Mass Beverage has a store within the store where you can buy that stuff. Seperate books, separate business. What the hell? It reminds me of those pharmacies in Mexico where there is a curtain divider behind the counter. The owner is a pharmacist on one side, then crosses through the curtain so he becomes a doctor that can prescribe the dope he sells.

beatrice 5 years ago

Blue, there should be no limits on selling of alcohol of any kind, ever. Anyone who suggests restrictions of any kind -- like saying someone shouldn't be able to sell to minors or being against home stills and selling hooch to your neighbors out of the back of your van without any form of registration -- are really just wanting to ban alcohol sales entirely. They are just a bunch of Carrie Nations, I tell ya.

You will have to pry the cold beer from my dead hands!

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

We've got maroons on our team! Ronaldo?

"You will have to pry the cold beer from my dead hands!"

You go, Bea! I still bet you looked hot at that Skynard concert. I've got a thing for women who came of age in the 60's and 70's. I'm an 80's guy, myself.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

I'd say "yes", but that will give Hyvee an excuse to stock even less of the things I need. The store on CP is pathetic.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

Liquor is a regulated commodity, as it should be, given the many dangers from its misuse. By allowing convenience stores and grocery stores to sell liquor, we would be increasing tremendously the amount of point-of-purchase locations, making it all the more difficult to regulate.

If liberalizing and loosening restrictions are indicated, the first step should be to allow liquor stores to sell mixers, munchies, and other related items. That would make sense and make shopping more convenient for the majority of Americans who consume alcohol.

However, the current push is merely a money grab by the large convenience and grocery store chains to take a bigger bite out of the consumer dollar, and will put many small mom and pop liquor stores out of business.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

Fewer liquor licenses make it easier to regulate not harder.

The bad liquor stores would go out of business. Well run stores would do just fine, just like they do in Missouri. More competition is better for the consumer.

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