Updated 1:25 p.m., Fri., April 24:
After initially launching curbside pick-up at a portion of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across the state, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced on Fri., April 24 that they would be expanding the program to 389 more stores, which is most of the stores in the state. The expanded ordering will begin on Mon., April 27.
"We acknowledge that Pennsylvanians are frustrated with busy signals and want broader access to wine and spirits," said PLCB chairman Tim Holden in a press release. "So after learning from our experiences this past week, we’ve made improvements to process orders faster, expand the hours we take orders by phone, and be more flexible in scheduling pickups, even the same day, if pickup appointments are available.”
All curbside pickup ordering is done over the phone. The full list of stores and phone numbers can be found here
Original article published Mon., April 20:
Ever since Gov. Tom Wolf announced the closure of all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across the state a month ago, Pennsylvanians have been scrambling to buy alcohol. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) re-opened online sales and saw a 261% increase, totaling over $2 million since April 1.
But anyone who has tried to buy liquor from PLCB online during quarantine knows that the site is nearly impossible to access. There is a limit on the number of orders that can be placed online, and the PLCB has a lottery system for who can enter the site to order. You can try 10 times a day, every day for a week, and still not gain access.
To increase the availability of liquor and wine, the PLCB is offering limited curbside pickup at 176 locations, with 17 in Allegheny County. Orders must be made over the phone and are limited to six bottles per order.
"Initially, each store will accept the first 50 to 100 orders placed each day, on a first-come, first-served basis, until fulfillment capacity grows to accept more orders per day," states a PLCB press release.
On April 20, the day curbside pickup launched, phone lines across multiple stores were already jammed. If the website's traffic is any indication, it will require perseverance and luck to place an order.
Each store will accept orders from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until they've reached their maximum orders for the day.
The following Fine Wine & Good Spirits locations now have curbside pick-up:
3239 Washington Pike, Bridgeville
Chartiers Valley Shopping Center
1025 Washington Pike, Bridgeville
974 Freeport Road, Aspinwall
132 Ben Avon Heights Road,
3845 Northern Pike, Monroeville
Robinson Plaza Town Center
1106 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson Township
3080 McIntyre Square Drive, Ross Township
339 Fifth Ave., Downtown
330 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead
5956 Centre Ave., East Liberty
1955 Wharton St., South Side
521 Beaver St., Sewickley
Bill Green’s Shopping Center
10 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills
1130 Perry Highway #20, McKnight
1602 Cochran Road, Scott Township
125 Towne Centre Drive, Wexford
Village Square Mall
5000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park