Utah Liquor Sales Coming to a Grocery Near You
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utahns might eventually be able to buy hard liquor and wine in grocery stores, that if a new consultant’s recommendation is adopted. The idea has made it into a new business plan being proposed for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The 80-page report was months in the making, and prepared by outside consultants with a budget of $100,000 dollars. The full report won’t be officially unveiled until Wednesday before a legislative interim committee . The most surprising suggestion in the report, and perhaps its most controversial comes at the end. In its executive summary, the consultants suggest an “experimental package agency program for grocery stores.” Translate: this means putting a “mini DABC liquor store” in selected Utah grocery stores to try to sell hard liquor and wine there. The report also suggests store closings and consolidation of some DABC locations. The consultants recommend consolidating the Avenues DABC store with the smaller wine store on 3rd East in Salt Lake City. The report also recommends consolidating the State Street store in Murray and the Miller Avenue store in South Salt Lake. Under this plan, these stores would be replaced by a newer one in each of those two areas. There will be more information in the proposal on Wednesday when the full report is presented to a legislative committee.
What do you think? Should liquor sales be allowed in Utah grocery stores? Will this law (if it passes) bring Utah closer to normalcy? Or do you think this is a bad idea? Let us know how you feel!