[As of Monday], grocery stores and convenience stores across the state are selling their first bottles of wine and cases of strong beer. Liquor stores are turning on coolers to refrigerate products previously sold at room temperature. Mergers and acquisitions between distributors within the state become official — the landscape has changed.
All of these changes were approved by a vote of the people in 2016. The changes bring a mix of excitement and concern for the industry moving forward. Convenience for the consumer is paired with concerns of a long-term increase in prices and damage to local small businesses.
For better or worse, this is the alcohol business in 2018.