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Group of Retailers Offers New Plan for Kansas Liquor Sales

staff - April 30, 2016 6:09 am


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A group of grocery and convenience stores in Kansas has proposed a new plan for expanding liquor sales, saying it would generate a $41 million cash infusion toward the state’s budget deficit.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Uncork Kansas coalition is proposing that large retailers would be able to buy full liquor licenses directly from the state. That would eliminate current laws that limit them to selling beer with an alcohol percentage less than 3.2 percent.

The new plan abandons earlier efforts that would’ve required big-box stores to buy liquor licenses of small businesses. Those businesses are currently the only stores in the state allowed to sell full-strength beer, wine and spirits.

Uncork Kansas represents major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Dillons and Hy-Vee, and convenience stores, such as QuikTrip.

Doug Clemens

May 2, 2016 at 12:30 am

The state screwed small business’s and small farmers and refused to change that law because a lot of them in Topeka got paid off. So why do they have to worry now about the small business owners of liquor stores? The answer is they are waiting for their payoff’s to do so.

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