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Group aims to allow wine sales in Ky. grocery stores

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - If you want to buy wine in Kentucky, you have to buy it at a liquor store.

But an effort by the Food With Wine Coalition is seeking to squeeze out something new - wine sales at grocery stores.

Most grocery stores already sell beer.

"I don't think it would be a bad idea," said Edward Ward, who lives in Kentucky "It's something to sell, isn't it?"

Proponents say by changing the law, it would bring the state of Kentucky more than $83 million in tax revenue from wine sales.

So the coalition set up an online petition, seeking signatures of Kentucky residents ages 21 and up.

"It just doesn't make sense. I'm buying all my party stuff at the grocery store, so why can't I buy all of it there instead of having to go to two different stores?" said Aimee Atkins, who also supports the idea.

"I think it's a bad idea," said John Dalton. "You've got enough stores to sell wine, so why not get it there?"

The coalition hasn't said how many people have signed the petition, but plans are to take signatures until the start of the Kentucky General Assembly session in January.

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