Nashville Shops Say They're Feeling Effects Of Wine In Grocery Stores

Posted at 6:25 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 07:55:20-04

On July 1, 2016, Tennessee began allowing grocery stores to sell wine. Many small-business owners were concerned, but were their fears founded? 

The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills is a family-run business.

"They have great customer service to help you with anything that you need which is very nice," said customer Laurie Perry.

Store owners said they've definitely felt the impact, losing business to grocery chains like Kroger and Whole Foods, right around the corner.

Still, their loyal customers said it's not about one-stop shopping. It's about relationships, selection and buying local. 

"Still support local," said customer John Horey. "People are more friendly, knowledgeable. And just a greater selection. You build a relationship with the local stores as opposed to the chains."

Specialty stores like The Wine Shoppe said they're focusing on wine enthusiasts, scheduling tasting events, offering delivery and a wine club.

If you can't find a boutique brand in a grocery store, they said, chances are, you'll find it here.

"Some of your more boutique brands aren't in the super market so you'd have to come here," said Perry. 

With the law, grocery stores are able to sell wine. In turn, liquor stores can sell groceries, like mixers and food. Supporters of the law said because of that, it's a win-win for all parties involved.