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Wine in grocery stores? Debate reignites in Albany over NY’s restrictive rules

The perennial debate over allowing grocery stores in New York to sell wine is back on the table this legislative session. Despite the state’s alcoholic beverage commission not including this recommendation in their proposed reforms last year, advocates argue for reconsideration, citing public support and the need for retail sector representation in these discussions.


Opposition from liquor stores remains strong, with concerns about the potential for small business closures and negative impacts on the variety of consumer choices and the wine industry’s local ecosystem.

Other opponents raise public health concerns, noting alcohol’s significant role in substance abuse treatment admissions.