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New Liquor Laws Could be Coming to Connecticut

Proposal appears polarizing among retailers

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 13, 2015 At 06:00 PM

There might be some changes coming to your local package store. Governor Malloy has proposed new liquor laws that will allow owners to operate 6 stores, extend store hours until 10 pm, and allow the state to set a minimum price. 

"The new laws benefit the large stores to such a large degree that they will squeeze out competition," said Paul Laveris. 

Paul laveris manages a package store in Glenville. He fears small store employees will lose their jobs if the new laws get passed.   

"It's leading us towards this mall society where everything is sterile and spiritless," said Laveris. 

He also says the larger stores  will be able compete with each other, but the smaller stores will get left behind.

"I'm fearful for my store, my livelihood, for the 1,200 other small to medium liquor permit holders in the state. 

While the small stores are worried about going under, big warehouse stores like Bev Max here in Stamford say bring it on. 

"It's a business and if you're a business person, you want to drive and create more business, there's no reason why you should not be able to," said Mike Berkoff, CEO of Bev Max. 

Mike Berkoff of Bev Max says that this is a win win for the consumer. He says there will be a larger selection of products to buy, and prices would be lower. 

"It takes the control out of the mandatory pricing that is set by distributors that we have to charge the consumer. We have no control over that," said Berkoff. 

These proposed changes come three years after Malloy signed a bill allowing alcohol to be sold on Sundays until 5 pm. 

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