First Johnson City grocery stores approved to sell wine

Just 10 months away from a new Tennessee law taking full effect, Johnson City City Commissioners have approved the first applications for wine to be sold at grocery stores.

The city commission approved the applications of both Johnson City Kroger stores at Wednesday’s meeting.

City Manager Pete Peterson said the city conducted a background check on the stores to make sure they’ve been compliant with alcohol laws and state statutes in the past.

“We certainly expect there to be several other applications to coming in in the coming months and everyone getting prepared for the sale of wine in grocery stores,” Peterson told News Channel 11.

No word on if grocery stores in Kingsport and Bristol, TN have also begun the process.

Wine will be available for sale in grocery stores starting July 1, 2016.

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