Saturday, February 03, 2007

beer beer everywhere

Lost amid many other things, I did not notice the news that Sheetz is now going to be selling beer. But is this really something new? The Philly Inquirer notes that there are supermarkets in the state now selling beer under some loophole in the law. Who else will be selling beer now that the door has been opened ever wider. Anyone want to take bets that all those new Walgreens will soon be selling beer or someday wine and other alcohol. There has to be some reason so much investment has been going into retail drug store chains of late. It’s not like it’s the most lucrative of businesses, as the remnants of Revco and Pharmor will attest.

But something that is actually a little confusing to me. The PG story on this comments on small point that Sheetz is not actually the first convenience store to sell beer because there was a Wawa outside of Philadelphia a dozen years ago that used to sell beer. Huh? I can walk around the corner to the convenience store formerly known as 7/11 (now under new ownership) at the corner of Friendship and Pacific and buy beer as you have been able to for the last 15 years at least. Hate to see us not get credit for being first at something.


Blogger Vanna said...

That place is either the bomb or very sad. I am going to go with the latter, though I shopped there many times whilest living in the neighborhood. Hailing from Ohio, the whole scene in PA with alcohol sales is just far too annoying.

Having to enter the convenience store with the pathetic bar scene of 3 locals propped up on stools in the back corner is probably not something we should brag about being "the first" to do in PA, but it is oh-so-Picksburgh.

Sunday, February 04, 2007 1:03:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

yeah, it can get pretty odd and it's not that beer is sold but the de facto bar that is always going on. The neighborhood groups (FPG, BGC) fought long and hard against that license... to little avail because they really do have a license. The thing that I am confused by: the license I think they have seems to require seating for 30 people.. I sure don't see how that is possible.

Monday, February 05, 2007 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Diversified Topics said...

Interesting :)

Friday, March 25, 2011 4:37:00 PM  

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