Grand open­ing of wine sales in Acme

700 types of beer at the mar­ket now share shelves with 300 wine se­lec­tions

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Les­lie Krowchenko

The of­fer­ings at Acme’s Frosted Mug in Con­cordville Town Cen­ter now far ex­ceed ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite IPA.

In light of the changes to the Penn­syl­va­nia Liquor Code, the nearly 700 types of beer at the mar­ket are now shar­ing shelf space with al­most 300 wine se­lec­tions. Thurs­day’s grand open­ing in­cluded a toast by state Sen. Tom Kil­lion, R-9, of Mid­dle­town, state Rep. Stephen Bar­rar, R-160, of Up­per Chich­ester, and Acme Pres­i­dent Dan Croce.

“When we have friends over for din­ner who do not live here, they al­ways ask us why is it so dif­fi­cult to buy a bot­tle of wine in Penn­syl­va­nia,” said Bar­rar, who faces In­de­pen­dent David Cleary of Con­cord in the Nov. 8 elec­tion. “Now when I come here I can get spareribs, a six pack and a bot­tle of wine.”

Af­ter the su­per­vi­sors ap­proved the restau­rant liquor li­cense trans­fer in 2014, Acme con­verted a por­tion of the store into a café and aug­mented the se­lec­tion of pre­pared foods with a va­ri­ety of beers. The bev­er­age is avail­able for pur­chase for con­sump­tion in the eatery or to go; the for­mer lim­ited to two glasses, the lat­ter to 192 ounces, or two six-packs of 16-ounce con­tain­ers.

The re­vi­sions to Act 39 al­low restau­rant li­censees, in­clud­ing gro­cery and con­ve­nience stores, to ob­tain a per­mit al­low­ing them to sell up to four bot­tles of wine for off-premises con­sump­tion. As a re­sult, Acme has aug­mented the lagers, hard ciders and spiked seltzers with pinot noirs, caber­net sauvi­gnons and chardon­nays.

To reach the max­i­mum three liters, cus­tomers may pur­chase four stan­dard 750 ml bot­tles, two 1.5-liter bot­tles, two of the for­mer with one of the lat­ter or three one-liter boxes, said Acme liquor sales man­ager Cindi Aleardi. Signs at­tached to the shelv­ing il­lus­trate the dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions.

“We’re hop­ing the signs help peo­ple re­al­ize what they can buy,” she added. “They can pur­chase 192 ounces of beer and three liters of wine in one trans­ac­tion, go to their cars and re­turn to make an­other pur­chase.”

To ac­com­mo­date the new in­ven­tory, the mar­ket has max­i­mized the area in the en­trance­way in ad­di­tion to the coun­ters and cases. Store hours are 7 a.m.11 p.m., seven days a week and beer and wine are avail­able 7a.m. 10p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day and 8a.m.-10p.m. Sun­day.

“The space is the same and we have not re­duced the beer in­ven­tory,” said Croce. “We are car­ry­ing ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite wines just like they would find in a state store and the prices range from $8 a bot­tle to as high as you wish.”

The store is the sec­ond Acme in Delaware County to of­fer beer and wine, which was launched in Au­gust at the Gran­ite Run lo­ca­tion. Eight ad­di­tional mar­kets in the Philadel­phia area will be added to the list by the end of the year, in­clud­ing Ri­d­ley and

Devon, said Croce.

Per­mits have been ap­proved for more than 200 Penn­syl­va­nia gro­cery stores and other pri­vate en­ti­ties to sell wine as part of the pri­va­ti­za­tion mea­sures out­lined in the act. The changes in the law “are mov­ing Penn­syl­va­nia out of the dark ages,” said Kil­lion, who faces Demo­crat Marty Mol­loy of Nether Prov­i­dence in the Novem­ber elec­tion.

“Gov. Pin­chot made it as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble to buy al­co­hol,” Kil­lion said. “With Gov. Wolf sign­ing the law, we are tak­ing the first step to­ward pri­va­ti­za­tion. Now peo­ple can get beer and wine where they shop.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — LES­LIE KROWCHENKO

From left, state Sen. Tom Kil­lion, R-9, Acme Pres­i­dent Dan Croce and state Rep. Stephen Bar­rar, R-160, toast the grand open­ing of wine sales in Acme at the Con­cordville Town Cen­ter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — LES­LIE KROWCHENKO

Acme Pres­i­dent Dan Croce holds one of the nearly 300 wine se­lec­tions avail­able in the store.

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