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Total Wine Makes New Effort In Minnesota

June 24, 2014

Total Wine & More has mounted a new bid to enter Bloomington, Minnesota, following months of wrangling with the city council and the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Total Wine recently refiled its liquor license application with the council, which is expected to render a decision in November. If the license is approved, Total Wine could conceivably open the store in time for the holiday season. Total Wine is also confident that a new Burnsville, Minnesota, location will open in September, joining its Roseville store, which debuted in March. Company CEO David Trone recently told SND the Minneapolis-St. Paul market is “clearly overpriced and under-selected,” and represents an opportunity.

In related news, Total Wine may be facing new opposition to its Texas expansion, as the Texas Package Stores Association has asked a federal court to reexamine a one-year residency rule for state retailers, which hasn’t been enforced in decades. The TPSA says the rule should be reviewed in light of another federal court’s decision last fall to validate Missouri’s residency requirement for distributors.

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