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Atlantic City Business Climate

Will NJ Free the Atlantic City Alcohol Market?

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.

(Reading – http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/top_three/story/7521642p-7421828c.html)

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About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Will NJ Free the Atlantic City Alcohol Market?

  1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by downtheshorewithjen.blogspot.com. I do write a lot about Atlantic City, though mostly for magazines. My book, “The Jersey Shore, Atlantic City through Cape May: A Complete Guide” is about the entire shore — Atlantic City is the biggest chapter. I’d love to be featured on the blog. The book comes out May 5 if that helps.

    Thanks!
    Jen A. Miller

    Posted by Jen A. Miller | December 10, 2007, 10:41 pm
  2. The United States pretends to be a captialist society. If that is so, then the government should not be controling the alcohol market in the manner that it does. I want to buy alcohol at the best price capitalism has to offer, not at a government inflated rate.

    Posted by Cecilia | December 10, 2007, 10:47 pm
  3. It’s leftover regs from the prohibition days. I think beer and wine should be sold at supermarkets and convenience stores but hard liquor should be reserved for liquor stores to protect their viability. Fair compromise, I think…..

    Posted by dave202 | December 11, 2007, 12:04 pm
  4. “African-Americans do not receive the same consideration when and if they decide to open a 7-11 or gas station.”

    Gasoline is an essential, liquor is not.

    Posted by Alex Rovins | December 11, 2007, 2:28 pm
  5. “African-Americans do not receive the same consideration when and if they decide to open a 7-11 or gas station.”

    What the hell does that mean? Sounds like your a racist to me….

    Posted by dave202 | December 13, 2007, 2:45 am

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