Colorado’s grocery stores can begin selling wine
Around 1,900 grocery and convenience store licensees can begin sales Wednesday
Coloradans on Wednesday can add a new item to their grocery store shopping lists.
March 1 marks the first day that wine can be sold at grocery and convenience stores in Colorado, the result of a bitterly close ballot measure in November that will change the way people purchase alcohol across the state.
As of this month, around 1,900 grocery and convenience store licensees in Colorado will be able to begin selling wine, according to the Department of Revenue.
That includes all 143 King Soopers grocery stores, all 100 Safeway locations and all eight Trader Joe’s stores throughout the state.
“Customers have told us they want the convenience to be able to pick up a bottle of wine to have with a nice steak or a bottle of champagne for a special occasion,” said Kris Staaf, a Safeway spokesperson. “We are really excited.”
Representatives of Whole Foods and other grocers operating in Colorado couldn’t be reached Tuesday to discuss their plans to carry wine in their stores.
Proposition 125 was too close to call for weeks after the election, ultimately passing with 50.6% of the vote.
A coalition of independent liquor store owners vehemently opposed the measure, arguing that the expansion of wine sales to big-name grocery chains would cripple their businesses.
Meanwhile, giant out-of-state conglomerates — including the companies behind King Soopers and Safeway — spent millions as they attempted to open up the state’s liquor laws.
While Colorado voters narrowly approved the wine measure, they rejected two other alcohol-related propositions that would have allowed liquor stores to open unlimited locations and permitted third-party companies like Instacart to deliver alcohol to your home.