New bill proposed to permit liquor sale in supermarkets in New Jersey


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Forty-six states around United States permit customers to buy their liquor from where they purchase their food, yet not in New Jersey. Advocates of a bill to inflate the state’s alcohol license limit says that the law should be reformed.

AJ Sabath, Executive Director of Retailer for Responsible Liquor Licensing, said that the bill would allow super markets to sell liquor along with basic supplies. The restrictions, which he called old byzantine, ought to go, Sabath included.

The bill supported by congressman Lou Greenwald would increase the present two-permit limit forced on supermarkets and retailers, to ten. This is not a new legislation, though. Advocates have been battling vigorously to overhaul the 1962 law to suit the current scenario. It doesn’t change what number of licenses a region might issue, but escalates the number a single unit can hold.

Numerous small retailers and supermarkets fear the change would cut into sales, making them bankrupt. The proprietor of Boyd’s Pharmacy, an almost 100 year-old family possessed and operated store, says he’s suspicious it would start job creation. One expansive chain could make many small stores bankrupt. He includes that most retailers use existing staff to tackle new obligations instead of hiring new staffs. He says the value of his permit — which cost several thousands — would be reduced.

However, the New Jersey Liquor Store Alliance doesn’t agree to these claims. The alliance asked in a statement why A&P, who had 20 or more alcohol licenses, go bankrupt, despite claims that If changing the present law would expand investments in the economy and increase the quality of life for the community.