Acme launches wine sales

With a change in state liquor laws, supermarkets may now sell wine as well as beer. The Acme Market in Concordville launched its wine sales with a brief ceremony Thursday.

The only dignitaries taking part were state Sen. Tom Killion and state Rep. Steve Barrar — both of whom are running for re-election. They both like the loosening of laws on where beer and wine may be sold.

Acme President Dan Croce says the Concordville store will offer 300 varieties of wine and 700 varieties of beer,

Acme President Dan Croce says the Concordville store will offer 300 varieties of wine and 700 varieties of beer,

Barrar had previously said that allowing super markets to sell beer and wine is the beginning stage for the ultimate end to the 83-year-old state store system. However, state run liquor stores remain the only places in Pennsylvania that may legally sell spirits by the bottle.

“This is one of the greatest steps gong forward,” Barrar said.

Killion, who has also been an advocate for the change, said allowing the food stores to sell adult beverages is “moving Pennsylvania out of the Dark Ages for liquor sales.”

The Concordville Acme has been selling beer for two years and began selling wine on Oct. 5., according to Acme President Dan Croce.

He said the store sells 300 varieties of wine and had to give up some of the beer space to accommodate the wine. However, he said, they still sell close to 700 varieties of beer.

“We had to reduce some of the linear footage for beer, but we took some window space for the wine. Prices start at $8 and they can go as high as you wish,” he said.

Beer and wine sales are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Other Acme stores selling beer and wine are the ones in Granite Run, Doylestown and several in Philadelphia. The Rodney and Paoli stores will begin selling wine in November and the Avondale and Chester Spring stores will get wine next year.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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