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Three Collierville grocery stores approved to sell wine

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As of 8 a.m. today, 459 licensed retail food stores across Tennessee may lawfully sell wine. The roll-out of wine in grocery stores, also called WIGS, represents a milestone in the alcoholic beverage history of Tennessee.

COLLIERVILLE: Walmart at 560 W Poplar Ave.; Kroger at 240 New Byhalia Road; Kroger at 3685 Houston Levee Road

GERMANTOWN: Kroger at 7735 Farmington Blvd.; Whole Foods at 7828 Us Hwy 72; Sprouts at 3150 Village Shops Dr. Suite 105; Fresh Market at 9375 Poplar Ave.

ARLINGTON: The list includes Kroger at 11635 U.S. 70.

BARTLETT: Grocery stores now licensed to sell wine include Kroger at 5995 Stage Rd.; Kroger at 2942 Kirby Whitten Rd.; Walmart at 8400 U.S. 64; Kroger at 7615 U.S. 70; Sam’s Club at 8480 U.S. 64; Walmart at 6520 Memphis Arlington Rd. Nearby includes Walmart at 6727 Raleigh Lagrange Road

LAKELAND: The list includes Kroger at 9025 U.S. 64 and Sprouts at 9050 Hwy 64

As of this morning, all applicants who submitted the necessary paperwork hold a license to begin selling wine. ABC agents completed 578 site inspections by the end of business on Wednesday, and staff has completed reviews of 578 applications. Applications continue to be processed for stores that need further documentation to obtain a license.

Remaining applications, which were generally submitted in late May or mid-June, generally require proof of responsible vendor training for clerks and at least one designated manager before a license may be issued. Staff continues to consult with stores without a license to ensure all the requirements are completed.

Licensed retail food stores in the state are authorized to sell wine July 1st and 2nd; however, under state law, the sale of wine is prohibited on Sunday and the Fourth of July holiday.

According to The Tennessean: “Under the law, wine sales at grocery stores must adhere to the same hours as liquor retailers. That means you can buy wine between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and not on Sundays. Wine sales are not permitted on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July.”

Major retailers newly licensed for wine sales include Kroger, Wal-Mart, Publix, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Food City, Food Lion, Costco and Sam’s Club.

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