Convenience And Liquor Store Owners React After Strong Beer, Wine Hit Shelves

Monday, October 1st 2018, 7:01 pm

There's a major change in Oklahoma. For the first time in the state’s history, high-point beer and wine are now on the shelves and fridges across the state. Even the Budweiser Clydesdales stopped by the Capitol building to celebrate.

“We’re finally up with the modern age here,” said Laura Aufleger with OnCue.

OneCue says they have been preparing for this day for the past year. But it hasn't come without some hiccups. They are still waiting for the ABLE commission to approve 200 liquor licenses for employees.

The state requires everyone who sells high-point beer and wine be over 18 and have a liquor license.

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OnCue says customers shouldn’t worry though, they will have someone in every store that has a license.

“It’s not a long-term problem, just here in the beginning,” said Aufleger.  

And supply across the state has been scarce during the switchover, including liquor stores.

Ken Kilborn says his new beer coolers were delayed.

Liquor stores will also be able to sell cold high-point domestics for the first time. Which, Kilborn says, will make things more convenient for his regular customers.

“You can come in, you can get vodka, you can get bourbon, you can get wine and you can grab your Budweiser as you head out the door,” said Kilborn owner of Market Wine and Liquor.

He'll also be able to sell ice and pop. He says with the new laws he'll be able to offer more varieties and craft beers than he has in the past.

“I’ll stay right where I’m at, I’m happy he keeps it in stock and don’t have to fight the lines at Walmart or the grocery store to just get a six pack,” said Jonathan Gagnon, one of Kilborn’s customers.

Convenience stores and grocery stores can legally sell until 2 a.m. and on Sunday's and holidays.

Liquor stores can now stay open until midnight.

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