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Independent Package Store Owner
State representatives and Governor Malloy
Connecticut Governor
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut State House

Reject the Liquor Law Modification Bill

    1. Mike Higgins
    2. Petition by

      Mike Higgins

      confidential, CT

Petition to Reject Liquor Law Modification Bill 5021

The Connecticut legislature recently introduced a bill that will endanger your local, independently owned wine and spirits shops. Governor Malloy would like you to think this bill is only about allowing Sunday sales, but its impact is much greater than that. Rather than protecting small businesses and their employees, this is a nod to out-of-state big-box stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, and major supermarket chains.

Under Governor Malloy's proposed legislation, supermarkets, big-box stores and even gas stations could go into the package store business. The two most important portions of the bill would allow box stores and food stores to own 9 alcohol sales permits--each! This would cost up to as many as 7,000 jobs and add hundreds of new alcohol permits to the state. Seven THOUSAND Connecticut residents would face unemployment, and hundreds of small, family-owned package stores would be run out of business

Currently, our state regulations only allow one package store per 2,500 people. Governor Malloy seeks to end that restriction, allowing permits to be sold to big-box and food stores and then moved into any town regardless of population.

Carroll Hughes, executive director of the Connecticut Package Stores Association, predicted Thursday that if the governor's bill becomes law, it will mean the end for most of his members, which would be crushed by supermarkets and big-box retailers.

"There wouldn't be 100 package stores two years from now," Hughes said, adding that the legislation could put as many as 3,000 new permits into the market. There are currently 1,228 package stores and about 1,100 grocers and supermarkets with beer sales permits.
(Source: CTPost.com, Ken Dixon, reporter)


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Recent signatures


    1. Thanks for coming to Hartford! We hope to be making some progress...

      Mike Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      A huge showing a the public hearing in Hartford! Still lots of work to do to make this bill fair for CT small businesses. Keep spreading the word and collect more signatures! We have a couple of weeks before this bill is voted on.... THANK YOU! - Mike

    2. 5000 Signatures!

      Mike Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow in Hartford there will be a public hearing on this matter. 11 am, 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford at the State Legislature Building. Come show your support!

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. 2500 signatures reached!

      Mike Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Keep spreading the word and keep fighting for small business!

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • James Machie WILLIMANTIC, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Eliminating minimum pricing or allowing big box stores will drive the small stores out of business.

    • Scott Wieting VERNON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Current owners have to compete with each other on pricing now which keeps prices in check. Big box stores will under cut these guys. A buck or two a bottle to us is a livelihood to them. I don't want to shop for booze at a big store and be forced to use the self check out because only one cashier is on duty. Sunday sales are no great deal. Are you going to drink more? Likely not so these guys will have to work another day a week for the same money. Would you do that at your job?

    • Rick Aiello BRIDGEPORT, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      This sounds like another bill to reward Big Business and shut down the small, independent businesses, as well as putting people out of work. The governor should be ashamed of himself...

    • brian nilson STORRS, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      support ma and pa

    • Edward Theriault WILLIMANTIC, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Min bottle pricing works in CT. It does not need to be changed. Right now I can buy a case for $100.00 and sell the product for $10.99. If I have to purchase 25 cases to get the case cost down to $100.00, i'm still going to sell the bottle for $10.99. Now, if i can't purchase 25 cases, but only one, it will most likely cost around $130.00. I will then have to sell it for $14.99. where is the saving for the customer? If you want to lower the price for the consumer, lower the taxes and take a good look at the bottle bill.

      Beer in gas stations is just a bad idea.


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