The coalition of grocery stores who want to sell wine in Tennessee will spearhead a petition drive to get the matter on local ballots this fall. It’s the latest effort from Red, White and Food, which pushed for the bill that passed the state legislature this spring.
Local voters still have to sign off before their grocery stores can sell wine. For that to happen, it’ll take signatures, and lots of them—more than 10 thousand in Davidson County alone. Kroger Marketing Manager Melissa Eads:
“I think a lot of people may think hey, alright! Wine is coming to my Kroger store! And we’ve not made it over that last hill, so to speak. We still have to get this on the ballot.”
Eads acknowledges some parts of the state may be tougher to win over than others, and says it’s possible the campaign from Red White and Food could include ad buys.
Even where voters approve the sale of wine, under the new law it can’t actually be sold in Tennessee grocery stores until 2016.