Monday, June 29, 2020

One less ballot question: beer and wine sales in food stores

Cumberland Farms is dropping their efforts to put a question on Novembers ballot to allow food stores to sell beer and wine. There may be a silver lining in that small convenience stores like those in the Ham who are selling beer and wine may hold on to that business until 2022. Nothing wrong with the mom and pop shops getting their share of the business.

From MASSTERlist

In normal times, this would have been top news. But these aren't normal times. SHNS’s Colin Young (pay wall) and the Herald’s Sean Philip Cotter report that Cumberland Farms, citing operational and time pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is dropping its high-profile ballot initiative that called for expanding the number of food stores that can sell beer and wine in Massachusetts. Bottom line: The issue will not be on the fall ballot. Though the issue could be resurrected later.


At June 30, 2020 at 12:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I wonder why they changed their mind

At June 30, 2020 at 7:48 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

IMO, having worked on several ballot questions, it's all about how many people you can get to sign the ballot. Even the guys who have web pages that people can sign their ballot are worried. Cumberland has lots of money to hire paid signature gathers, but who would do it through the pandemic. I wouldn't sign at the front door of Stop&Shop.

It's good news for the small guy for 2 years anyway.

At July 1, 2020 at 12:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your explanation makes good sense. Let's hope we are out of this pandemic in time for this to come up again in 2 years. I honestly have my doubts we will be unless we have a new leader who takes this pandemic seriously


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