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Are Drive Through Windows and Bundling Orders Legal for Tennessee Liquor Stores?
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Are Drive Through Windows and Bundling Orders Legal for Tennessee Liquor Stores?

04.03.14
Recently, liquor store owners have been asking us two questions, from Knoxville and Chattanooga to Jackson and Memphis.

1. Retail liquor stores can deliver wine and spirits under the new wine in grocery law.  Can a liquor store have a drive through window?

The new WIGS law does not say.  Makes us think of Bruce Springsteen's hit Pink Cadillac:

Well honey it ain't your money
'Cause baby I got plenty of that
I love you for your pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats
Riding in the back
The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission generally takes a conservative view of liquor laws - if it is not specifically authorized by law, it is not allowed.  Although the ABC has not weighed in on the issue, we think drive through windows are DOA for Tennessee liquor stores.

2. WIGS allows liquor store owners to own more than one liquor store.  Can a retail liquor store combine orders with other stores?

Bundling orders between multiple stores was a huge reason retail liquor store owners opposed wine in grocery stores.  If Wal-Mart, Kroger and other grocers with huge buying power and scores of stores could pool their purchases for discounts from wholesalers, grocers would have an enormous advantage for discounted pricing.

WIGS prevents bundling orders by both grocers and retail liquor stores.  Each Kroger store can only get the same discount as an individual liquor store.

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