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IABR Statement on Ricker’s Gas Stations Selling Cold Beer and Hard Liquor

Thursday, March 23, 2017  
Posted by: Sarah Stegmeyer
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Contact: Sarah Stegmeyer

sstegmeyer@tammcapitalgroup.com

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IABR Statement on Ricker’s Gas Stations Selling Cold Beer and Hard Liquor

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 23, 2017) - The following statement was issued by the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers regarding Ricker’s Convenience Stores selling cold beer and hard liquor for both on premise consumption and carry out.

 

“Ricker’s is flouting longstanding Indiana public policy by choosing to thumb their nose at the Indiana General Assembly and the courts,” said Patrick Tamm, President and CEO of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers. “Per a decision upheld by the U.S District Court of Appeals, Indiana has a rational basis for prohibiting grocery and convenience stores from selling cold beer as they are substantially less regulated than an Indiana package liquor store. The Indiana General Assembly has never given permission for a gas station to sell hard liquor, beer and wine for both on premise consumption and carry out sales.”

 

 

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The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, IABR, is the voice of the package store industry in Indiana. The association represents the interests of 1,000 package store owners by promoting responsible retailing, developing sound public policy initiatives and building stronger communities with local advocates. A diverse board of package store owners from around the state helps create a sound foundation for the future of these multi-generational businesses.


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