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Clean Up On Aisle Coors

Summary: Our local grocery giant wants to sell beer, too. Reporter: Jon Delano, KDKA Channel 2 Airtime: 3 minutes, 2 seconds on June 9 Visuals: * Outside the Giant Eagle at the Waterfront in Homestead, one of the stores the company hopes to license. * The dashing Delano outside Gateway Center Downtown, as the Three Rivers Arts Festival is happening. Highlights: * When anchor Stacy Smith announces, "Giant Eagle has applied to the state Liquor Control Board to obtain liquor licenses for six stores in Allegheny County." * When Delano observes, "[P]eople who have lived in other states think Pennsylvania has a crazy liquor system. Wine & Spirits stores, for example, can sell wine and hard liquor, but not beer. Beer distributors can sell kegs and cases of beer, but not six-packs. Bars and restaurants can sell wine and mixed drinks and six packs of beer -- and grocery stores can sell none of the above." * When a Squirrel Hill man observes, "I just moved here after being gone for 28 years, and it doesn't look like anything has changed. ... Pennsylvania's way behind the times." * When Delano says of the licenses, "If approved, the store could sell beer on tap and mixed drinks, but the store says they will only sell six-packs to be consumed off-premises. Not everyone likes the offer." * When a woman who works for a beer distributor near the Waterfront shopping center says, in consternation, "We're not allowed to sell milk, bread. They should stick to their own things. Stick to their meats." * When a woman employed by a pizza and six-pack shop says she's concerned about underage beer sales: "I think it'll be very easier for them to buy beer as a younger kid. And a lotta kids these days, they look waaay older." * When Delano adds, "Now, Giant Eagle says it will card younger customers, and they will type the birthdates into cash registers as an additional safeguard. ... [T]he Malt Beverage Distributors Association opposes the licenses, and a hearing is now set for late July." * When Delano concludes, "The state has approved licenses for two supermarkets back east and also one for Sheetz in Altoona, but that one is now tied up in court. What it all means? Don't count on beer anytime soon at your local Giant Eagle." What We Learned: Someday, when we're old and gray, we can buy our beer and pick up our medication at the same location. Just like the people for whom beer is their medication. Unanswered Question: If this is approved, will there be a Boozeperks program? News Value: 7. Delano's gives us all the facts about liquor sales in Pennsylvania, and he throws in some local flavor with interesting on-the-spot interviews.

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