Wine sales arriving at Wegmans

Just in time for the holidays, a local grocery store is making certain alcoholic beverages available to customers.

Wegmans in Williamsport is joining others in its chain to sell wine to patrons.

“This is something Wegman’s customers have been asking for,” said Jared Fedor, store manager in Williamsport. “We are just really excited about this.”

Starting Thursday, a limited number of types of wine will be available.

The Williamsport store is among the last of the supermarket chain’s sites to begin selling wine.

Fedor said customers will be able to buy up to 3 liters of wine at any one time.

In addition, patrons can drink wine in the store’s cafe, as long as they also have food with their drink.

Fedor calls the selling of wine a “basic transition” for the store.

“It is a perfect time of year to start this,” he said.

For a number of years, Wegmans stores, including those in Pennsylvania, have sold beer to customers.

Wegmans has been selling wine from stores located in other states for quite some time.

However, until this year liquor laws in the state have prohibited sales of wine in grocery stores since before Prohibition.

Fedor said an eventual expansion of the cafe area will mean more types of wine from which to choose.

“We are bringing in a very limited number to start with,” Fedor said. “Some of our larger stores have larger varieties.”

Anywhere from 400 to 800 wines are available in some Wegmans stores.

In early September, the Wegmans Mechanicsburg store became the first supermarket in the greater Harrisburg region to sell wine.

The Williamsport Wegmans joins sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Warrington to complete the wine roll-out to all 17 Pennsylvania stores.

Other changes coming in state beer sales

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday that will allow the state’s more than 1,000 beer distributors to sell suds in any quantity. That includes individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers.

The law takes effect in 60 days.

Also, it lets bars sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allows consumers to legally participate in beer-of-the-month clubs that ship beer directly to homes.

Sporting venues also could sell mixed drinks.

Beer distributors had long sought to loosen restrictions on the beer quantities they could sell.

The changes arrive as state regulators increasingly grant six-pack licenses to convenience stores and after Wolf signed sweeping changes to liquor laws allowing wine sales in grocery stores.

The Associated Press also contributed to this story.

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