Coalition wants ability to sell strong booze expanded

KSAL StaffJanuary 11, 2015

A coalition of supermarket and convenience store chains want Kansas lawmakers to let them sell stronger booze.

The Wichita Eagle reports that retired Kroger Co. chairman and chief executive David Dillon is leading the latest effort. Kroger is the parent company of Dillons stores.

Past legislation has faltered, largely because of its potential to drive existing licensed liquor stores out of business. But the coalition, called Uncork Kansas, has a new proposal that hasn’t been introduced yet.

Dillon says it will include a provision to cap the number of liquor licenses. The provision is designed to allow owners of small liquor stores recoup their investment in the business by selling their license to a supermarket or convenience store.

The Legislature returns to Topeka for its annual session beginning Monday.

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