Colorado Alcohol Retailers Prepare for Grocery Stores Being Allowed to Sell Beer

Colorado recently pushed through reforms that will allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer over 3.2 percent starting in 2019 (and wine and spirits by 2037). The Coloradoan reports on reactions to and preparation for the coming change: 

"As Bullfrog Wine & Spirits general manager Josh Beard glances out of his office window, he notices three gas station convenience stores and one of Colorado’s largest grocery stores.

All four establishments in Beard’s periphery from the North Fort Collins liquor store will soon become Bullfrog’s competitors as Colorado’s alcohol laws are overhauled with the most significant changes since Prohibition.

The low-alcohol beer currently stocked at grocery and convenience stores across Colorado is scheduled to become extinct in 2019, when retailers currently capped at selling 3.2 percent alcohol beers will be allowed to sell full-strength beer and malt beverages like Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff Ice.

That means the state's approximately 1,600 liquor stores are expecting to see double the competition within two years..."

Read the rest here.