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New law changes items carried by TN liquor stores

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The sale of non-alcohol products in liquor stores was previously banned until the law passed earlier this year. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file) The sale of non-alcohol products in liquor stores was previously banned until the law passed earlier this year. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file)
Patrons are seeing products they have never seen inside a Tennessee liquor store: sodas, wine, ice cream, and beer. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Patrons are seeing products they have never seen inside a Tennessee liquor store: sodas, wine, ice cream, and beer. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Tennesseeans no longer have to worry about making several stops when shopping for mixers and snacks to go along with an adult beverage.

You will now find snacks, corkscrews, and all sorts of mixers at your liquor store now. As a trade off, in two years, grocery stores will be able to sell wine.

Patrons are seeing products they have never seen inside a Tennessee liquor store: sodas, wine, ice cream, and beer.

And wine ice cream

"Today is only the second day we've had them for sale and we've actually already sold quite a bit of them," said Sean Cartwright, Bartlett Wine and Spirits.

A new state law allows the stores to carry non-alcoholic products along with beer and cigarettes. But with that, grocery stores will be able to sell wine beginning in the summer of 2016. Cities would first have to have a referendum.

"At first I wasn't too happy about it, as I'm sure most liquor stores weren't, but it's definitely growing on me," Cartwright said.

Bartlett Wine and Spirits is now planning to expand to allow room for more beer. Customers say it will make for a one-stop shop.

"Somebody might want, you know, vodka and you can come in here and get your beer and you know, different things, it's real convenient," customer Kathy Herbert said.

Opponents have worried that the new laws will eventually hurt mom and pop liquor shops, but Cartwright thinks things will be just fine.

"Only time will tell, but I think we are a very strong store and we will survive," he said.

The earliest any grocery stores could sell wine is the summer of 2016. It is up to each city in Tennessee to hold a referendum to pass the sales.

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