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March 24, 2008 - LCB Allows Wegmans To Sell Beer At Six Locations
Wegmans Food Markets won permission from the state Liquor Control Board to sell beer at its Bethlehem, Dickson City, Erie, Lower Nazareth, State College, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport Township stores in a decision announced today. The PLCB had already approved beer, wine and liquor sales at a Wegmans in Erie on Feb. 13, but that approval was not part of this court action.

The Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania immediately filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court to have the decision voided or reverse the decision.

Wegmans applications are still pending to sell beer in Downingtown, Mechanicsburg and yet another Erie location. Presumably, a similar filing will be made for the Collegeville store currently under construction.

Because Pennsylvania's liquor laws impose conditions for certain categories of licenses, such as requiring food to be sold on the premises and minimum seating capacities, Supermarkets, with a few exceptions, have not sold beer. Wegmans' supermarkets,however, have cafes that qualify for "restaurant" licenses, allowing beer, wine and hard liquor to be sold for consumption inside the eating establishment, and the equivalent of 12 16-ounce containers of beer for takeout.--JACK CURTIN