Friday, February 17, 2017

Another baby step forward for Pa.

You can now have a beer with that Shorti.

Pass out the party hats!

Wawa through a party yesterday as they re-opened their store on Naamans Creek Road in Concord, the first in Pennsylvania to feature beer sales. So what's the problem?

Plenty.

But let me make this clear. This is not Wawa's fault. This is on Pennsylvania - and the byzantine laws when it comes to the sale of alcohol. In order to feature beer sales, Wawa had to satisfy a state requirement that it do so in a separate, 'restaurant'-style part of the store. You get your beer there, either a single beer to go with your sandwich, or two six-packs to go. But you can't pay for it along with your sandwich and other items. You have to do that in the regular part of the store.

Wawa renovated this store specifically to have this 30-seat sit-down restaurant area, also the first time they've done that in these parts. That's the only way they can sell beer.

For now the Delco convenience store icon says this is the only store they plan to offer beer, no doubt in part because of the state regulations.

It obviously would be hard, if not impossible, for them to fulfill that requirement as most of their existing stores. But take that silly law away, and I'd be willing to bet Wawa would have a beer cooler in every store.

Kind of like the way most states do.

Only in Pennsylvania. No wonder they call us the Land of Giants.

We also editorialized on the topic today. Read it here.

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