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Daily Archive: July 8, 2011

Jim Shpall Of Applejack Wine & Spirits Talks Trends And Issues In The Colorado Market

Wheat Ridge, Colorado-based Applejack Wine & Spirits is widely acknowledged to be the largest single beverage alcohol retailer in the state, with over 15,000 SKUs sold and 50,000 square feet of retail space. President and CEO Jim Shpall has been an outspoken opponent of recent attempts by state legislators to change state law to allow for multiple beverage alcohol licenses. The most recent initiative was House Bill 1284, which was rejected by the State House in April. That bill would have allowed convenience and grocery stores to sell full strength beer, a measure that some believe would eventually open the door to sales of wine and spirits by chains such as Safeway and 7-Eleven. Shanken News Daily recently interviewed Shpall on this issue and trends in his market. Continue reading →

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Duane Reade Taps Into Beer Business With Growler Bars, Plans To Expand Concept

Duane Reade, the New York City-based drugstore chain owned by Walgreens, says its two locations featuring take-out beer bars have been a big success and that it plans to expand the concept this fall. Continue reading →

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News Briefs for July 8, 2011

•Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has launched a new wine program at its San Francisco Seasons Restaurant, featuring more than 500 wines and various special offers for guests. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 8, 2011