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South Carolina Retailers Slam State Supreme Court License Decision

March 31, 2017

Following yesterday’s news that the Supreme Court of South Carolina has struck down the state’s retail store limit for beverage alcohol licensees, paving the way for more chain expansion, the state’s independent retailers are urging the high court to reconsider.

In a statement, John Kelsey, president of ABC Stores of South Carolina, called the ruling “unprecedented,” and asserted that “courts across the U.S. have upheld nearly identical regulations, emphasizing states’ legitimate interest in protecting morals, and limiting excessive advertising and over-consumption.” The Supreme Court rejected similar arguments in its decision, and it’s unclear whether it could be convinced to reconsider the matter. —Daniel Marsteller

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