Wine in Grocery Election Popular at Tennessee Polls

Wine in Grocery Election Popular at Tennessee Polls

Early voting results suggest that Wine in Grocery Stores, which we affectionately call WIGS, is quite popular with the electorate. Based on our unscientific and very amateur view of early election results, approval of WIGS has a commanding lead.

Although WIGS was approved by the state legislature earlier this year, the law requires the citizens of each city or county to vote in favor of allowing WIGS before local grocers can sell wine.  Called local option, it is the process that authorizes each city to allow package stores and restaurants.

We blogged about the list of cities and counties holding WIGs elections here.

Brings to remind the Eagles 1977 super hit "Hotel California:"

Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'

We see approval of WIGS as being crucial to the competitiveness of grocery stores in large and mid-sized towns.  A city that fails to adopt WIGS puts its grocers at a disadvantage to grocery stores that can sell wine.  Although wine may not be a huge part of revenue for a grocer, losing high end consumers that want to purchase wine while grocery shopping could be a big loss.

Check back in a day or so when we post full election results.

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