How does the proposed legislation regarding alcohol sales affect Atlantic City? The proposed legislation would loosen the heavy restrictions on liquor sales. Do you ever wonder why you cannot buy alcohol at a gas station or grocery store in NJ? It is due in large part to State legislation.
Michelle Lee wrote an article about a bill that would surprisingly bring more choice to Atlantic City consumers. Ms. Lee interviews small business owners that are afraid of the proposed legislation. Those owners think that if a grocery store is able to sell alcohol, then they will lose business.
The quick answer to their concern is “yes,” there is a good chance that it will diminish their business. The viability of the liquor stores in Atlantic City is not my primary concern. I want convenience and the cheapest possible price for alcohol. That is what I care about.
What about my objections to the state subsidies that many of these liquor store owners receive? Why does Ms. Lee not come and see what native-born A.C. residents think about the tax abatements and deferments that foreigners receive for their liquor stores, not based on merit, but by the sole consideration of their ethnicity. African-Americans do not receive the same consideration when and if they decide to open a 7-11 or gas station.
Many of us welcome the introduction of additional competition in the liquor sales market. We hope that the prices at Pathmart will beat those at A.C. liquor stores. Further, we hope that the introduction of more competition will cause A.C. store to be more competitive, granting me lower prices and added convenience.