Should Grocery And Convenience Chains Sell Full-Strength Beer and Liquor?
To most people, this is the kind of issue that makes you shrug and say “sounds fair enough.” Maybe you consider it convenient to get groceries and beer in one stop. But policy is rarely so simple.
Liquor stores in Colorado are family-run businesses with modest profits, and many say that losing even just a portion of their beer sales could put them out of business. Most of the grocery stores in Colorado are large companies headquartered out of state. Colorado also has one of the most creative and successful microbrewery industries in the country. Microbrewers say it’s because of Colorado’s current law favoring small liquor stores, which are more approachable than grocery chains for new companies looking to sell a new product.
While I support a free market and competition, alcohol is a restricted product. I’m always an advocate of small and local businesses, and want to help Coloradans become entrepreneurs. The issue differs from traditional party lines with Republicans and Democrats on both sides. What do you think? I’m currently researching the impact a change might have on small businesses, but I want to hear from you as well. Please use the poll below to share your view, or call my office and tell me what you think.