Wegmans Pub. Please.

4 Feb

Wegmans – the company without which life in WNY would be unbearable – is operating a pub in a Pennsylvania store.

Quite obviously, this is something that we desperately need here in WNY. I mean, beer. So, when Wegmans tweeted about it, I suggested that we need one here. The response?

This is a law that needs to be changed. Why shouldn’t Wegmans have the ability to run a restaurant with a liquor license? It’s ridiculous.

So, I know you political types read this – How about we change this?

13 Responses to “Wegmans Pub. Please.”

  1. The Answer Lady February 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    What a great idea, a couple beers before shopping woo hoo!

  2. Peter Herr February 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    A couple of beers before during and after shopping and Wegman’s profits could go through the roof. This is a multiple win situation. See my complete thoughts on the Buffalo Stuff blog here on WNYMedia. http://wnymedia.net/entertainment/buffalostuff/2010/02/a-pub-at-wegmans-brilliant/

  3. RvrSide February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    “Honey, I’ll be at the bar..”

    • Stan from OP February 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

      better still –

      Honey, I’m going shopping, see you at 11!

  4. Jon Splett February 5, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    Man do I miss Wegmans.

    Meijer and Kroger don’t even come close.

  5. leonard Sawicki February 5, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    Wegmans heven’t lined the right pockets yet. Give that dynamo Shelley Silver a call, write him a check. We’ll take care of it tomorrow.
    There is a Wegmans near my lover in Baltimore that has a full service deli with balcony seating. It is spotless, and almost enjoyable to go to – and they don’t let women in over 140 pounds. The scenery is great.

  6. John Dover February 5, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    PA alcohol are very strange. Grocery stores are not allowed to sell beer. To get around this they are added, usually, little cafes with separate registers and doors to the parking lot. This Wegmens got around it by opening a bar. (Bars ARE allowed to sell six packs; which beer distributors are not (they can only do cases)).

  7. Buffalo Girl February 5, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    That looks so cool, we really need to do something about getting one, this is an idea I can put some work toward!!

  8. jesse February 5, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Tell Wegmans to open a little pub right next door. I’m sure you could S Corp the shit out of it and work around any legal issues.

    But yeah. Business A can’t sell X. Horse puckey protectionism of the vilest sort.

  9. Jack February 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Selling liquor in NY may not be the best but please don’t use Pennsylvania as a model. I grew up in Buffalo and moved to Philadelphia 25 years ago. Give me NY liquor laws anyday. I am not a beer drinker but I was to have two friends over who were. So I went looking for beer. I was new to PA and was told that I could buy beer by the six pack at a bar which usually charged a 50% markup or I could buy it at a beer distributership. I went to the distributership. I found cases of beer stacked to the rafters in a warehouse-like building. (All beer distributerships in PA are like that). I found a case of Labatts Blue which was split into two half-cases. I took one HALF-CASE (12 bottles of beer) to the register. The clerk said to me, “You can’t do that.”
    “Do what?” I said, “Buy just that.” said the clerk. “What do you mean?” I replied. “You can only buy beer by the case.” I said, “But I don’t want a case. It is too much beer.” We probably won’t even drink all 12 bottles anyway.” “Doesn’t matter. Pennsylvania state liquor law say that you can only buy beer from a distributership by the case.” “So,” I said, “the state of Pennsylvania is FORCING me to consume more alcohol than I really want.” “Hey,” said the clerk, “if you don’t like it go buy a couple six-packs at a bar.” “But they charge 50% more there than you do here.” “I don’t make the law buddy.”

    As it turns out there are a few places such as delis who can sell beer. Later on I found one nearby. Again, I was having friends over and I went picked up two six-packs. I brought them to the register and the clerk opened two shopping bags and put one six-pack in each bag. I thought that was odd but figured I could use the bags for garbage so I said nothing. After paying the clerk I picked up on bag in each arm and turned to walk out when the clerk yelled, “Hey! You can’t do that.” “Do what?” I said,. “You can only take one six-pack out of the store at a time.”
    I said, “You’ve GOT to be kidding?” He wasn’t. Now give me California’s liquor law. Any store that sells food can sell wine, beeer AND liquor. Truly, one stop shopping. While living there I went to a corner mom & pop deli for the Sunday paper. While there I spied a bottle fo Grand Marnier and bought it. What was so horrible about that that states like NY and PA feel they have to micro manage our lives?

  10. Darrell February 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I heard that there’s a pretty large group of liquor store owners that don’t want things changed. If places like Wegmans could somehow serve liquor, then the next logical step would be to sell it. The liquor store lobby (yes it’s real) in NY wouldn’t let this happen. There was a vote last year that would allow grocery stores to sell liquor, and when I went to Premiere they wanted my to sign a petition. I wish I could find the link to the article that describes how the racket works,It has something to do with the way distribution works, it’s very intriguing.

  11. M February 6, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    Liquor stores can’t sell beer, grocery stores can. I imagine they don’t want the grocery stores which already sell beer, to take over their wine business which will leave them only hard liquor to sell, probably encouraging their demise. I don’t think hard liquor was ever on the table for grocery stores.


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