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Weis becomes first supermarket to sell beer in Lancaster County

Pennsylvania law requires grocery applicants to serve food with seating for 30 customers and to maintain a separate cash register to allow for beer purchases. The Weis supermarket in Lititz has both and now their beer business is open, but it does come with some restrictions.

For example you can only buy 2 six packs at a time, but just because there’s a restriction doesn’t mean it’s slowing down sales. One customer said “I think I’ll probably drink more beer.” Another said he’ll “get a beer for dessert after lunch.”

Customers have been buying beer at the Lititz Weis since Thursday when the beer cafe opened. Store manager John Sullivan said it’s just the beginning. “As opportunities present themselves in Pennsylvania it is of course something that we’ll look into purchasing more liquor licenses and opening more six pack to go sections in our stores” said Sullivan.

Beer distributors in other areas like the Beer Barn in York County aren’t discouraged by the possibility of more beer cafes. Beer Barn manager Tiffany Snedegar said “usually you save your money when you buy in bulk. Just like everything else so most people buy in cases when you’re having friends or family over you need more than a six pack.”

For customers looking for convenience, the availability is a welcome one. Customer Carroll McCampbell said “I believe that it saves me a trip in that regard because I don’t have to make a special trip for just beer.”


5 Comments to “Weis becomes first supermarket to sell beer in Lancaster County”

    Sam said:
    March 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    more DUI's that's great news.

      Joe said:
      March 8, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      There is no evidence of that. According to the NTSB, PA leads surrounding states in DUI related deaths already. go to their site and look it up

    bob said:
    March 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    WEIS TAVERN Happy Hour 2 to 4

    Al P said:
    March 8, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Alright, state dates and times when these occurred and we'll believe you.

    Joe said:
    March 8, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    There you go again. Old parochial foolishness that defies the data from surrounding state. Take something for that knee jerk problem before it worsens.

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