Strong beer, wine on grocery store shelves

TULSA - There is strong beer in the fridge and wine in the aisles at Oklahoma stores as a new era begins for alcohol laws in Oklahoma.

Starting today, watered-down 3.2 beer is out and high-point beer is in at grocery and convenience stores.

Oklahoma is now in line with most states that updated their liquor laws years ago.

Previous state law allowed liquor stores to sell wine and strong beer, but they couldn't be sold cold.

"We had to buy huge coolers and rearrange the store," McSperitt's Wine and Liquor manager Jazimine Ayres said.

Before today, only liquor stores could sell a certain type of wine, but now grocery stores and convenience stores can sell it seven days a week.

Reasor's hired five wine stewards to help customers with selections and the buying process.

But Ayres said they're not worried about the bigger stores because they have a regular clientele.

"We have such a unique selection," Ayres said. "If you go down the wine aisle, you'll find your common name brands. But you'll also find things from South Africa and wines from Spain, so we really like to have a unique draw on what we carry."

As for whether their hours will change - they say they may not open earlier but could stay open later.

"We're considering it, but since it's just day one, we're just going to sort of roll with it and see what everybody else wants us to do and cater to them," Ayres said.

Liquor stores can open as early as 8 a.m. and close as late as midnight.

Grocery stores will sell on Election Day, but Sunday sales will vary depending on the county.

 

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