If only the supermajority quoted scripture on refugees as much as Sunday wine sales.— TN Senate Democrats (@TNSenateDems) April 11, 2018
It’s time 4 the Tennessee General Assembly to get played like a #YoYo by the #LiquorLobby. The display N the gallery is bad enough, but U should see the behind the scenes plays. Soon enough, we’ll be giving away mini bottles on the 1st day of Kindergarten. #7DaySales #ImAnoVote pic.twitter.com/UhiIFxCY9M— Andy Holt (@AndyHolt4TN) April 10, 2018
"I think a lot of people see this as just another day for liquor stores to be open and for wine to be sold at grocery stores. However, independent retailers are going to hurt from this, and not for the reasons most people would assume.
While we've spent the last two years finding ways to make the customer experience better at Doc's than at a Kroger or Whole Foods, there's still one thing that we can't fight, which is convenience.
Most people make a weekly trip to the grocery store, making it convenient to grab a bottle of wine, even if the prices are higher. However, that convenience factor is lost if your weekly shopping day was Sunday...until now.
Sundays are grocery stores' single biggest sales day, meaning liquor stores will lose more customers to convenience.
And while I understand that there was some public demand for this, I simply wish legislators would've given us more time in between the passage of this and wine going in grocery stores to begin with.
We were a new store when the (wine in grocery stores) bill was enacted, allowing us to come in operating under the new rules. Many independent retailers across the state took such a large hit that they're just now beginning to recover.
If Sunday sales has even half of the negative impact that the (wine in grocery stores bill) did on independent retailers, I fear it will be the straw that broke the camel's back in many cases."