I have traveled far and wide, to exotic places like California, Missouri and, even New Jersey, and I have seen alcoholic beverages sold in supermarkets. Yes, yes, it’s true. And, now, here in Pennsylvania we can see it too.
Yet another reason to be grateful for Wegmans. According to a recent article in the Intelligencer, Wegmans is now selling six-packs of beer and individual glasses of beer in its Warrington store (the in-store restaurant section). This has been coming for some time – there was discussion about it internally when I worked at Wegmans a couple of years ago.
In fact, the Rochester supermarket company has been working on this for over a year, trying to manage its way through the byzantine laws governing the selling and purchasing of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania (side note: one of my favorite things to do – explain how we have to buy alcohol in this state to people who aren’t from here, and then watch their stunned faces). Warrington Township was giving them some difficulty as well, rejecting Wegmans 2007 bid to sell beer and wine using an out-of-town permit.
But Wegmans prevailed! The store’s license also allows for the sale of wine, according to the article, but there are no immediate plans to do so. They do plan to sell wine by the glass in the future, however. So, yes, you can now get your Chinese food buffet items, or pizza, or crab cakes, with a nice glass of beer. Cheers!
Update: We visited Wegmans on Sunday and perused the shelves. Very nice selection of beer.