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SCOTUS ruling on TN liquor law could impact local stores

Posted at 8:55 PM, Jun 27, 2019

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — The nation has seen several big U.S. Supreme Court decisions come down from Washington this week, and one of them had its origins in Tennessee.

The Supreme Court ruled that a law requiring people to live in the state for two years before being allowed to open a liquor store was unconstitutional.

The decision to now allow outsiders, including big corporate chains, to immediately open a liquor store in Tennessee has local owners worried.

"It's almost an impossibility for me to compete with 4000 square feet, and they don't have to make a profit off a store here, they can make a profit off their store in Georgia to offset here, said Bard Quillman, owner of Red Dog Wine & Spirits in Franklin.

Quillman calls the decision the end of a 1-2 punch, after wine was allowed to be sold in grocery stores a few years ago, seriously impacting their business.