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New Texas Retail Law Passes In State Senate, Now Awaits Passage In The House

April 24, 2015

The Texas state senate has passed a bill removing a cap on package store licenses per owner. Under current law, no single person may own more than five package stores in Texas, unless he or she owned them before May 1, 1949, or is able to consolidate permits through certain family members.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS) hailed passage of the bill (SB 526), which passed by a 23-6 vote and now moves to the state house of representatives.

The push to remove the license cap on non-family companies comes as mega-chains like Walmart, Costco and Kroger have campaigned hard for the ability to sell spirits in the Lone Star state. Walmart is also suing the state in an effort to sell liquor there. Meanwhile, independent players like Spec’s and Total Wine & More have continued to expand across the Texas market.

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