DALLAS — You can get a lot of stuff at Walmart -- guns, your wedding ring. Hey, you can even get your hair done while you wait on your new glasses in one stop. But what about hard liquor? Texans may be able to buy liquor from the big box, and we’re not talking beer and wine folks.
Walmart is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Texas law bans a publicly traded corporation from holding a package store permit. In a statement, Walmart implied that’s not fair.
“Walmart believes the law needs to be changed to provide a fair and level playing field so we can offer our customers a full assortment of adult beverages as part of a convenient and comfortable shopping experience.”
A Walmart spokesperson also says they would plan to build a separate store next to some of their existing stores to sell spirits.
While some folks might be happy about the big box booze, others say it’s the locally owned stores that will take the punch.
“We work hard. This affects us a lot,” Berhane Ghebremedhin, Co-Owner/President of Love Liquor said. “Once Walmart sues and has a permit, automatically, I know for sure that we’re going to close.”
He says when large liquor chains came to the area back in 2010, business took a hit.
"Go around the city, a lot of [Mom and pop] liquor stores are closed," Ghebremedhin said.
It’s not only his business that the change will affect.
"We have three kids each. Especially at my age. I’m almost 60. I like to work as a dependent and not be a burden on the state."
Do you think Walmart will undercut Johnny Walker, Captain Morgan, and Jack Daniels?