I spoke with an industry contact recently who told me how busy he has been lately. I told him I was happy to hear about his being busy as I believed that was an indication that business must be good. He proceeded to tell me that he is working with a coalition to oppose a proposal to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores.
He made me aware of some lobbying efforts taking place in Albany on February 25th against the proposal and encouraged me to speak out against the proposal.
More information can be found on their website “The Last Store on Main Street”.
I must admit that I am not sure how I feel about all of this. I have heard arguements advocating both positions and they each make sense.
That said I am a big advocate of the little guy and believe that a part of the economic crisis we are presently facing has to do with large corporations/banks spending frivolously to expand and put the little guy out of business. I have seen what this effect has had on commercial real estate prices in NYC and this legislation seems to perpetuate this trend.
While massive selection at the big liquor stores is nice, and low prices one can expect in supermarkets (should the proposal pass) are welcome, I do think that this will make business even more challenging for the mom and pop shops and if this forces their closure I will miss them and their personal charm a great deal.
Please get informed about this important pending proposal either via the “Last Store…” webpage or any other means. And then contact your elected officials and make your voice heard.
Happy initiative taking and wine tasting (purchasing) the way YOU want it!