Walmart challenges Texas law banning its sale of spirits | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Walmart challenges Texas law banning its sale of spirits

Posted By on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 7:32 AM

SOLE SOURCE: The Fayetteville Sam's Club is the only Walmart property in the state with a liquor store.
  • SOLE SOURCE: The Fayetteville Sam's Club is the only Walmart property in the state with a liquor store.

Walmart
has sued Texas regulators over laws that prevent its stores from selling spirits in Texas.

The Arkansas-based chain claims it is unfair and unconstitutional that publicly held corporations are banned from selling booze. It also challenges the fairness of an exemption given hotel gift shops and the constitutionality of a five-store limit on permits by corporations except family-owned businesses.

I note this only because Arkansas has some strict limits on liquor sales, too. They are allowed only in retail liquor stores, not retailers such as Walmart and grocery stores. In theory, chaining is prohibited. A corporation may hold only one permit. It took a lawsuit before Walmart could get a retail liquor store permit, which it opened in separate premises adjoining its Sam's outlet in Fayetteville.

State laws differ and the courts certainly do. But you have to wonder if a push in Texas might hold a hint about future efforts in Arkansas.

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