One Stop Shops - Wine Kiosks with people.
As I pointed out in the previous blog post the PLCB said that grocery stores were clamoring to get state stores inside their premises. That was August of 2003. Jump forward a little over a year and a half to May 2005 and the PLCB says that there have been 16 approvals for a store within a store or what they call a One Stop Shop. 16 seems like a great improvement over the "6 or 7" that the Chairman mentioned in 2003. At that rate one would expect there would be well over 100 by now.
Well, unless I miscounted there are 15 One Stop Shops listed by the PLCB a decrease of 1 over the last 9 years. So it appears that the clamoring has stopped once stores found out what it is like to have the PLCB crawling around inside them. Of course, ever being on top of things, President For Life DADA Wendell Young IV said just a few days ago "...we welcome the effort to open more stores inside of or next to grocery stores." Which must be code for next to grocery stores because it is obvious the grocery stores don't want them.
Maybe those 400 sqft stores in a store that Wendell endorsed as part of "modernization" will catch on and store total will skyrocket from the 600 now to 607 or 608 which would still only be 150 or so less then there used to be. Or maybe the legislature will get a clue and realize the PLCB does nothing even remotely as well as private industry (except maybe P.O. the consumer, they excel at that) and get out the booze business. Can we really trust them to do anything for the consumer given the 60 years of past history of doing everything possible to stay in the 1950's only moving forward at the threat of their existence?