Supermarket Beer Sales Proposed
Montgomery County State Senator John Rafferty is introducing a bill that would allow beer sales at supermarkets and convenience stores.
He says the Wegman’s chain has become Pennsylvania’s largest beer retailer in less than two years, and with a clean record.
“Wegman’s has made over 750,000 transactions since May of 2008. They’ve had zero violations for underage drinking.”
He says the bill provides an effective way to prevent minors from buying.
“Imitate Wegman’s. They have a 100 percent carding policy. You need to show an ID in order to purchase alcohol in a Wegman’s grocery market. That’s going to be part of the legislation that we’re introducing – a 100 percent carding policy.”
Wegman’s stores in Warrington and Collegeville, among other places, have licenses to sell beer at in-store restaurants. Rafferty says the bill will not only make buying beer more convenient, but also impose tighter controls to reduce underage drinking.