Pilot Flying J Reviewing Wine Sales At Tennessee Truck Stops

Posted at 7:39 AM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:35:30-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The truck stop chain owned by the family of Governor Bill Haslam has been reviewing whether to offer wine and high-alcohol beer at its Tennessee stores under a new state law.

Pilot Flying J spokeswoman Anne LeZotte said that the company already offered wine and high-gravity beer in other states where sales have been legal.

Tennessee lawmakers last year passed a law allowing supermarkets and convenience stores to sell wine in cities and counties where voters approved the practice in a referendum. Dozens of communities voted in favor of the change last November.

The governor was neutral on the wine bill when it was working through the Legislature.

The change was set to go into effect in July 2016 -- or a year later for stores located near existing liquor stores. 

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