The supposed competitive imbalance

Liquor and wine retailers argue that more competition will destroy their businesses. That’s interesting, because the Green Hills neighborhood in Nashville seems to refute everything they fear about competing stores and/or lack of market.

There are three liquor stores in the retail area of Green Hills:

  1. Bud’s Discount Wine and Liquors
  2. The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills
  3. yn in the Hill Center (which opened less than a year ago)

See the map for yourself.

Bud’s and The Wine Shoppe are almost in the same block on Abbott Martin. The newly opened yn is no more than .3 miles from the other two stores. That’s less than one mile to complete a round trip to three liquor stores.

Let’s review. It’s OK for liquor stores to open multiple locations within walking distance of another. But if retail food stores are allowed to sell wine, then liquor and wine retailers face an uncertain and bleak future because the competition would be too great or because the market is too small.

Scientists talk about the exception that disproves the rule. Green Hills is that exception to the retailers’ arguments.

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2 Responses to “The supposed competitive imbalance”

  1. The Green Hills Exception : Post Politics: Political News and Views in Tennessee Says:

    […] Atkinson Public Relations pokes a hole in the argument that if grocers where allowed to sell wine they would but independent wine stores out of business: Bud’s and The Wine Shoppe are almost in the same block on Abbott Martin. The newly opened yn is no more than .3 miles from the other two stores. That’s less than one mile to complete a round trip to three liquor stores. […]

  2. Rick Jelovsek Says:

    Grocery stores should be able to sell wine as well as 6-12% beer. Actually if this is allowed, retail liquor stores should not be restricted to owning only one store as they are now because grocery corporations own more than one store so liquor retailers should have that restriction lifted at least for wine if not both wine and alcohol.

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