Convenience for consumers and funding for schools are at the heart of Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed vision for privatizing and reforming alcohol sales in Pennsylvania.
From big-box and grocery stores on down to drugstores and convenience stores, consumers would be able to expect the availability of beer and sometimes wine at a store near them. Not to mention that a trip to the "state store" could fade from the commonwealth's lexicon.
The extra licenses that businesses would need for such sales and the privatizing of the state liquor store and wholesale system would contribute about $1 billion to fund education, the governor has said. The governor's proposal was poised early this week to be introduced as House Bill 790, a spokesman said.
But then what? What would the New World Order of retail in Pennsylvania look like with alcoholic beverages more freely sold? Would there be a new order? The Business Journal spoke with associations and stakeholders from various industries to ascertain what they think at this early juncture of the process. What we found: Reactions vary greatly.