Tennessee is missing out

By now, most of you following this issue know that Costco decided to build a store just across the Georgia line from Chattanooga because it’s not allowed to sell wine in its Tennessee stores. So, those jobs (construction and store) and tax dollars are now headed to Georgia.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is conducting a poll about whether Chattanoogans will shop at the Costco. The answer looks like a big yes.

Unfortunately, this happens all across Tennessee. Five of the eight states bordering Tennessee (Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virgina) allow wine sales. Residents who live on the borders of these states often shop for groceries outside of Tennessee. One of the reasons is they can buy wine where they buy food. That’s business that Tennessee has lost.

Are the Georgia liquor stores owners crying foul about big box Costco? Not at all. This is from a previous story about the Costco choice:

Steve Gilbert is sure his wines will keep selling well, despite the news that Costco is moving in just minutes away.  He says the selection and service at Dodge City Liquors in Brainerd will win out with customers.  “We have service, they won’t, we have selection, they won’t.  We probably have 150 different chardonnays, 100 merlots, the grocery stores aren’t going to have those.”


2 Responses to “Tennessee is missing out”

  1. Freaky Weasel Says:

    OFF TOPIC: I never tell folks what to do with their own space, but since you’re issue oriented I just want to ask you to consider not truncating your posts to feed readers.

    I only get the first four lines with Google reader.

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