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Total Wine Claims Big Win In Minnesota After Long Legal Battle

November 4, 2014

Total Wine & More has claimed victory in its bid to enter the Bloomington, Minnesota market, with the Bloomington City Council approving a license for the location, which had been under dispute since last year. While Total Wine already has Minnesota stores in Roseville, Burnsville and another in Woodbury expected to open shortly, it had run into opposition in Bloomington from the city council and the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA).

Total Wine responded that the efforts of the MLBA and other critics amounted to protectionism, telling SND earlier this year that the Minnesota market is clearly “overpriced and underselected.” The retail giant’s push into the area gained momentum last month when Minnesota’s Administrative Law Judge ruled that Total Wine had met all legal requirements to be granted its Bloomington license, a decision city council members cited in ultimately approving the bid, according to local reports.

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