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Pittsburgh-area supermarket first to sell wine since Prohibition

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 19, 2016 11:38 AM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A grocery store in Pennsylvania has become the first since Prohibition to sell wine in the state.

A Giant Eagle store in Robinson Township will sell wine beginning Friday. Only state-owned liquor stores had been allowed to sell wine since the nationwide constitutional ban on alcohol that lasted from 1920 to 1933.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports store officials and Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai plan a ceremonial Champagne toast to mark the occasion.

Under a new law, customers can buy up to 3 liters of wine to go from businesses that hold restaurant or hotel liquor licenses.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says it has approved 81 supermarkets, restaurants and hotels to sell wine to go.

About 35 Giant Eagle stores currently sell beer.

An earlier story is below:

A grocery store in western Pennsylvania will be the first in the state to sell wine since Prohibition.

Giant Eagle will sell wine at the store in Robinson Township, near Pittsburgh, beginning today.

Store officials and Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai plan a ceremonial champagne toast to mark the occasion.

Turzai was the primary sponsor of a wine privatization bill that was signed into law in June.

Under the law, customers can buy up to three liters of wine to go from businesses holding restaurant or hotel liquor licenses.

About 10,000 businesses hold those licenses in the state.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says it has approved 81 supermarkets, restaurants and hotels to sell wine to go.

About 35 Giant Eagle stores currently sell beer.

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