Last month, the Kansas Senate endorsed a bill that would finally -- finally! -- allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength liquor, beer and wine. Kansas' arcane liquor laws are the reason that, should you shop at the Hy-Vee on State Line Road, you have to go all the way across the street to the separate Hy-Vee liquor store to buy your booze because it's technically located in Missouri. This is exhausting.
But not everyone is happy about the potential glut of real hooch. In fact, Kansas liquor-store owners are leading a grassroots campaign to stop the bill.
Complaining to Fox 4, Knocky's Liquor Store owner Larry Knackstedt said if the new law passed, that money would go into big, out-of-state conglomerates instead of your friendly, corner liquor store, resulting in closed businesses and lost jobs.
Liquor stores in Kansas are allowed to sell full-strength booze under current laws. If the proposed bill is passed, changes don't got into effect until 2017.
"There are 766 liquor stores in the state of Kansas, and they have had
reports and different kinds of studies that possibly, and probably, 350
to 380 stores will go out of business if this comes in with putting
liquor, wine and beer in convenience stores," Knackstedt told Fox 4.
I'd look up statistics to argue this, but Fox 4 has been awesome and has totally done all my journalism for me. Thanks, Fox 4! Turns out, an economics professor at KU already studied this, and if more retailers got their hands on the product, the resulting competition would actually lead to thousands of new jobs and millions more in state tax revenue. So, there you go.