Total Wine & More, the Maryland-based alcohol retailer, has been behind several recent pushes to loosen and reform booze retailing laws around the country. Dan Adams of The Boston Globe reports on the store's latest reform efforts in Massachusetts:
"Total Wine & More is waging total war on the nation’s alcohol laws — and Massachusetts is the new front line.
The largest retailer of beer, wine, and liquor in the country, Total Wine has successfully challenged longstanding alcohol laws in numerous states, tilting the marketplace to its advantage through a mix of litigation, lobbying, and rallying support from customers.
Alcohol sales on Sundays in Minnesota? Allowed as of February, thanks to a years-long campaign by Total Wine. Later closing time for liquor stores in Connecticut? That was also Total Wine. Ditto for overturning a ban on volume discounts in Maryland, and lifting the cap on the number of store licenses in South Carolina.
In Massachusetts, Total Wine has sued to invalidate a state regulation that prevents retailers from selling alcohol below cost, a common practice in other industries. The company is also about to launch a public relations campaign here challenging a state rule prohibiting alcohol retailers from issuing discount coupons and loyalty cards...."
Total Wine's retail cap fight in South Carolina was recently discussed by R Street's Jarrett Dieterle in this op-ed as well as a 3-part blog post series for the Federalist Society (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).