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New Tennessee ABC Rules for Applications for Liquor Stores, Wholesalers and Distilleries

06.05.13
David Bowie embraced change in his 1971 underground hit "Changes"

Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
 
The Tennessee ABC seems to have "Changes" on heavy rotation in the office jukebox. There have been lots of changes.

Recently, we learned of new rules for filing retail off-premises, wholesale and distillery applications. We see the adoption of basic rules for these applications as a positive development, bring predictability to what many saw as a cryptic process.

Here are the basic new rules for filing a liquor store, wholesaler or distillery application:

• Get your application mostly assembled (does not need to be totally complete, but you need basic documents and all financial documents)
• Call local ABC office and speak with Rosemary/Virginia/Kathy/Jackie, whoever would work the file
• Local employee will contact agent and the agent will call to set up time to meet with agent, ABC employee and applicant
• "File" application at meeting, where agent will review financials and ask questions
• Try to call about 4-5 weeks before ABC meeting date
• Agent and ABC employee will work the file
 
The ABC is working out kinks with the process and we advise folks to contact the ABC more than 5 weeks out. We appreciate the adoption of formal rules for the application process and look forward to successful implementation of the new rules.

 

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