Soon, you may be able to run by your local Walmart and pick up everything you need for a great drink. That’s because the big box chain is currently in the process of taking the state of Texas to court over their liquor laws. Many of these laws have been in place since the days of prohibition.
However, while being able to pick up liquor at Walmart may seem convenient, not everyone is happy about the idea. In fact, about 2,500 liquor store retailers are trying to stop them. This challenge to the case first came in May. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the group had the right to challenge the proceedings.
Originally, US District Judge Robert Pitman, the judge assigned to the case, would not allow the challenge. But, the court of appeals disagrees with his judgment. They believed the group has a “protectable interest that may be impaired or injured” by the outcome of the case.
At this point, Walmart and Sam’s Club are already the largest sellers of wine and beer in the state of Texas, but now want to provide even more to their customers. According to their lawsuit, the company believes that being able to sell liquor in Texas will “help people save money and live better by purchasing quality products at competitive prices.”
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Naturally, the group fighting against this case sees things differently. They believe that Walmart is looking more towards “mass sales of low-priced liquor” rather than truly caring about their customers. They also argue that their members will no longer be able to compete in the industry if Walmart wins this case. If they do, independent stores could lose “substantial revenues and long-term investments.”
Texas liquor drinkers will have to say tuned to if more alcohol will be heading to Walmart stores sooner than later.