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Tennesseans vote YES to wine in grocery stores

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - 11 of the 78 municipalities that are voting to allow wine in grocery stores are in the Channel 3 coverage area. The majority of voters in all 11 of those areas voted yes to allow wine in grocery stores.
     
Those municipalities are Athens, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Collegedale, Dunlap, East Ridge, Etowah, Lakesite, Monteagle, Red Bank and Signal Mountain.
To see the complete breakdown on how each municipality voted, click here.

The Bi-Lo District Director, Rodney Dillard, said one of the most frequently asked questions he gets from customers, is when will wine be sold in the grocery store?

"I'm real excited about it," Dillard said, "Tennessee is the only state that we operate in that we don't offer wine for customers to buy with their groceries."
     
Many bi-lo customers said wine in grocery stores is something they're voting for, mainly for the convenience of having a one-stop shop.

"I voted yes to let them sell wine in the grocery store," said one woman leaving the store.

"It would certainly be a lot more convenient to pick up beer and wine together," said one shopper.

While others, who don't drink wine, said they are not too interested in the topic or the results.

"It really doesn't matter to me because I don't drink wine, so whatever," said one Bi-Lo customer.
     
One concern is that selling wine in grocery stores will take away profits from local liquor stores, but the district director at Bi-Lo said that's not going to happen.

"Most states allow wine in grocery stores and there are still package stores in those states," Dillard said, "So, again i think it will work out for the entire state of Tennessee."

It's important to know actually getting grocery stores prepared to sell wine will take some time.  Areas that passed this referendum will not have wine in stores until July, 2016.

For DECISION 2014: Complete Election Results click here

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