Stores prepare for liquor law changes

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MOORE, Okla. - A change is coming to stores that sell beer and alcohol. On Monday, grocery stores in the metro will have alcohol to sell when the new liquor law goes into effect.

"We haven't sold beer in a week because there hasn't been any to sell," said Charlie Bert, store manager at GFF Foods.

The constitutional amendment allows liquor stores to sell cold beer and grocery and convenience stores to sell strong beer and wine. State lodges also will be able to sell alcohol.

"We could sell one up to 14.9 percent, now we can sell beer up to 8.9 percent," said Bert. "It's exciting, a lot more varieties. We're excited about the wine, too, because food and wine kind of go together."

Liquor stores are also gearing up for the changes.

"The big thing is we get to sell cold, we get to sell chilled wine and chilled beer," said Bryan Kerr with Moore Liquor.

He said the changes make shopping more convenient for customers.

Kerr, who is also president of the Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association, said there will be still be some low-point beers in stores.

"It's just not the same 3.2 beer, so beer is brewed in different styles and it goes all the way from one percent alcohol to thirty percent," said Kerr.

He says the new laws also mean more competition for liquor stores, and that "the new law benefits the consumer, what it doesn't really benefit is the liquor stores." Kerr said the law now gives consumers more options.

"Now, there's a strong beer and wine store on every corner already, plus all of the grocery convenience stores," he said.

Anyone selling high-point beer and liquor will now have to be 18 years of age and have a liquor license; for liquor stores, you have to be 21.

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