BLOG: Pennsylvania Businesses Excited for Liquor Reform (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

June 15, 2016

Last week, Governor Wolf signed historic liquor reform into law. The bipartisan supported bill is the biggest step in modernizing Pennsylvania’s state liquor system in 80 years.

“I want to commend leaders and members from both parties in the House and Senate for coming together to pass this legislation, and today, I am proud to design it into law,” said Governor Wolf. “As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania and this reform package finally brings Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century.”

Since the bill signing, many business owners and employees have announced their excitement and support for liquor reform in Pennsylvania.

Take a look at the quotes below:
  • Ryan Sheetz, a spokesman for Sheetz Inc:

    Said the company is “thrilled to be able to give our Pennsylvania customers the common right they deserve.” “This bill is the most significant change to Pennsylvania in 80 years. We continue to show our support and gratitude to Gov. Wolf, the Senate and House leaders for advancing the issue and driving the change in beer reform in Pennsylvania…We are excited to finally be able to give our customers what they have long been asking us to do: provide them with the convenience of a one-stop shop…This (former) law was archaic and nonsensical.” (The Times)

  • Giant Eagle spokesman Dick Roberts:

    “Giant Eagle customers in other markets have long enjoyed the convenience of purchasing wine in our supermarkets, and we look forward to introducing the offering to Pennsylvania consumers.” (The Times)

  • Dave Carl, owner of Brews Brothers:

    “This will be a great opportunity for me to expand our business. I can’t tell you how many customers I have, who are native Pennsylvanians, that come in here and say, ‘Do you sell wine, too?’ ” (Post-Gazette)

  • Jenny Zimmerman, Shade Mountain Winery in Middleburg:

    “It makes us a little bit more of a destination…We’re very excited. We’ve never had this kind of funding or support from the state before. It’s pretty groundbreaking.” (The Daily Item)

  • Dennis Curtin, spokesman for Weis Markets:

    “When we talk to customers about our beer cafes, they appreciate their convenience and variety…Wine would enhance the convenience of our cafes and complement the food we sell.” (Reading Eagle)

  • Jo Natale, a spokeswoman for Wegmans Food Markets:

    “We’ve always supported any measure that gives customers greater convenience and choice…Wine is something we’ve wanted to offer our customers, and we plan to do so when [the law] is enacted.” (PennLive)

  • Ray Bartolai, owner of Bartolai Winery:

    Said it’s positive for wine producers because they can now sell wine to a wider customer base. He can possibly sell his wine to supermarket chains and restaurants and is now allowed to ship wine to more consumers, he said…“We’re keeping [PLCB] jobs and we’re helping the wine producers and store owners to increase their business. It’s a win-win.” (Times-Tribune)

  • Sal Maiolatesi, owner of Maiolatesi Wine Cellars:

    Said there is a “really huge benefit not only for the consumer, but also for small businesses in Pennsylvania.”…. “I don’t see any negative impacts of the passage of the bill,” Mr. Maiolatesi said. “It opens up the door for people to get things they weren’t able to access before.” (Times-Tribune)

  • Linda Rice, owner of Mountain View Vineyard:

    Said she is excited that Mr. Wolf signed House Bill 1690 into law and she called it a “historic moment in time.” (Times-Tribune)


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