Philly-Area Supermarket Wins Right to Sell Beer

Raise a glass for beating Pennsylvania's archaic alcohol laws.

The Giant Food Store at the Wynnewood Shopping Center has received initial approval to sell beer at an in-store 32-seat “eatery,” Mainline Media News reports. It will also allow limited sales of six-packs.

Approval was given last week by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners. Final approval comes from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control board.

Under the conditions of the license, patrons will be served and consume beer inside the store only; they’ll be limited to consuming two 12-ounce containers indoors; and 100 percent of patrons will be “carded” to ensure they meet the drinking age. (Prepare, in other words, for a lot of middle-aged customers feeling suddenly flattered.) Retail purchases, limited to two 16-ounce six-packs, are also allowed. The approval does not include wine or liquor.

Lower Merion Township has approved 77 liquor licenses; about 60 are held by traditional bars and restaurants, with the rest going for “special” uses. Giant already operates 18 stores throughout Pennsylvania that are licensed to sell beer. It’s been operating “beer gardens” within their stores since 2011.

Giant already has nine beer gardens in the Philadelphia area and 18 across the state.

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