In NJ, there is a limitation as far as grocers carrying alcohol. I think the limit is two licences per grocery market chain, (in total) for chains operating in NJ. It is usually always in a seperate (entrance) or seperate designated room that is gated off, during off hours. Like NY, NJ is considering expanding the policy, and relaxing the limitations.
Since I never been a customer of a liquor "chain" it will make no difference to me. What I do not get from a distributor, I will continue to buy from a specialty retailer. They already have my loyalty, and would rather continue the relationship, than buy the booze, at the grocery store.
During my travels, I have encountered many states with different policies. I already do my specialized (personal) shopping for many products/services outside of the Supermarket. No fruit, vegetables, meats, seafoods, and most bakery products are purchased at specialty retailers. I have seen what the"competitive" (in price not knowledge or service) market has done to many of these specialty providers, and I would rather not see it happen to/in one more area.
I know it is easy to say "they will not go away" but this is not always the case. Butchers, bakers, seafood markets, and fruit stands, are very rare, these days. If the specialty retailers lose the customers, they lose the market. They no longer have funds to stock the high end items, and the market becomes limited. It dumbs down the market. People buy what they see, and they see a bunch of movers and fast sellers, from buyers who do not know their ass from their elbow. Number chunchers.. The biggest names, and the most popular sellers. Jack Daniels, Bacardi, and Absolut...period.
It most certainly also has an ill effect on the restaurant industry, These very "generic" names are now used...in the terminology. Many people only know rum as Bacardi. Like no other rum exists. Sure, many people still know, the other options. They usually are the customers who either have existing knowledge in "life" or have existing relationships in the market, and not on the shelf (or with the service), of the local grocer.
In my mind it is the same "protective interest" that limits the big chain restaurants from overwhelming the restaurant market. They have been zoned out, of my city. I live in one of (if not) the most densely populated areas of the country. There are 70,000 residents, and we have one restaurant chain (not fast food)...a Houlihan's. One Mc Donald's, one BK, several Subway and Pizza chains, gone. Plenty of diners, local restaurants, pizza parlors, etc. very popular, quite established, and very busy!!
If price is the only factor, the DOLLAR MENU RULES!!! People only get to know good food, when it exists, and is available.
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