Grand opening of wine sales in Acme
700 types of beer at the market now share shelves with 300 wine selections
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.”
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.
Acme President Dan Croce holds one of the nearly 300 wine selections available in the store.