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VOL. 131 | NO. 34 | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Liquor Retailer Says Proposed License Cap is Anti-Free Trade

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The operator of a large chain of beer and liquor stores says an effort to create a two-store limit on new retail licenses is an effort to stamp out competition in Tennessee.

The measure advanced out of the House State Government committee with little debate on Tuesday. Bethesda, Maryland-based Total Wine & More said the bill is aimed at stopping the company from expanding in the state.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville and fellow Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro is mainly aimed at allowing supermarkets to begin stocking up in advance of a new law allowing them to sell wine on July 1.

Todd warned last week that he would withdraw the measure if the new two-store retail license limit is removed.

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