Moving at the speed of the PLCB
Eleven years ago (August 2003) the Chairman said that "Supermarket owners are clamoring to put state-owned liquor stores within their walls" Back then the PLCB wanted 2-3,000 sqft for their "store in a store" Now the latest version of "modernization" is down to 400sqft - or under 2 aisles worth which is less than the store would offer if the system were privatized.
The store in a store concept had been around for over 20 years even by 2003 so how much clamoring has happened? Of the over 5,000 grocery stores in the state, only 15 have a state store in them about the same number that had the failed wine kiosks. I think ignoring might be the correct word not clamoring.
He also said that state stores should be open until 11 which is something the PLCB can do without any legislative approval. So far it hasn't happened but hey, it has only been 11 years and we are talking about the PLCB - you know those same people who say they are consumer driven. Maybe they meant driven to New Jersey or Delaware to get real service and selection since he knows "...the state store system has made
it inconvenient to buy spirits."
Just a blast from the past that shows how well "modernization" has been going.