Oregon Proposed Initiatives 46 & 47 will hurt small businesses.
If passed, they will allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores that are greater than 10,000 square feet and allow liquor stores to sell beer & wine. These initiatives are a reaction to the liquor privatization effort being driven by the Northwest Grocery Association on behalf of its members, including Fred Meyer and Safeway.
Small businesses that sell beer and wine will not be allowed to sell liquor, putting them at a severe competitive disadvantage. While a Governor-appointed Oregon Distilled Liquor Board will be able to make some exceptions (50 businesses in 2014 and 5 each year after that), most small bottle shops will be left out. This provision is written because of concerns regarding availability at convenience stores, but why should small, independently-owned businesses be excluded? I'm asking the Oregon legislators to include a provision allowing liquor sales at small businesses that generate greater than 90% of their sales from alcohol, such as your local bottle shop.
If you are a supporter of bottle shops because you love seeing Oregon breweries and wineries on their shelves and you love talking about these products with a knowledgeable staff, please sign this petition.
If you are a supporter of Oregon distilleries and you would like to see their products on MORE shelves and sold by a knowledgeable staff, please sign this petition.
If you just don't want to see more small businesses edged out by corporations, please sign this petition.