New York grocery stores to sell wine?
- Thursday 18 December 2008
New York's 2,500 wine and liquor stores, always against such proposals, are likely to fight back.
Agricultural commissioner Patricia Hooker said Paterson's proposal would 'create a spike in the sale of wine,' particularly New York State wine.
New York City is America's single biggest wine market.
Thirty-five states, notably California and Washington, let grocery stores sell wine.
Faced with a US$15 billion budget deficit and a need for new revenues, Paterson also asked the legislature to more than double the tax on wine.
Wegmans, a major supermarket chain, welcomed the idea of selling wine in New York State, as it already does in New Jersey and Virginia. 'This is something we have hoped for, for a decade,' it said.
Mike Martin, owner of Martin Brothers, a thriving shop near three supermarkets on Manhattan's Upper West Side, said, 'I'm not worried. They won't carry what I carry. They won't compete on '82 Latour.'