Liquor lobbyists have thus far resisted any amendments to the wine in grocery stores bill to offer incentives to liquor-store owners. Amendments have been proposed that would allow liquor-store owners to recoup any losses from wine sales by being allowed to sell snacks, mixers, and other products now prohibited.
Old Nashville hands predict that if the bill contained some benefits for liquor store owners it would likely pass. But just allowing wine in groceries without the store owners getting anything is a hard sell for some legislators.
The danger for the liquor-store owners, however, is that if the bill does pass without amendments they won’t get any provisions to offset lost wine sales.
One lobbyist calls the situation a “game of chicken.”