Food City, customers celebrate first day of wine sales in TN

Food City President and CEO Steven C. Smith along with Representative Jon Lundberg celebrate the first day of wine sales at Tennessee grocery stores.

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) –  The wait is over. You can now buy wine at many grocery locations in Tennessee. Food City and its customers celebrated the long-awaited first day of wine sales in the state.

For the past eight years, legislators and retailers across the state have worked diligently to bring their plea to fruition – and today, we celebrate that victory alongside our loyal customers,” says Food City President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Smith.

Smith helped spearhead the Red White and Food – a campaign launched by The Tennessee Grocers and Convenience seven years ago.

The push by grocers was supported by a series of bills sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron, Representative Jon Lundberg and Knoxville Representative Ryan Haynes.

The referendum to sell wine in food stores passed in all 78 eligible locations where it appeared on the ballot.

So far, 69 of Food City’s 84 markets in Tennessee were licensed to sell wine this morning.

By state law, wine sales are permitted from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.

Kingsport is located about 40 minutes from Food City’s headquarters in Abingdon, VA. It’s parent company K-VA-T Food Stores has 135 retail outlets in the Southeastern United States including Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and North Georgia.

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