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Total Wine Hits A Setback In New York Expansion Bid

June 11, 2020

Total Wine & More has hit another snag as it continues its effort to expand in the Empire State. The retail giant’s application to open a store in College Point, Queens was denied by the New York State Liquor Authority yesterday, after running into vociferous opposition from local competitors and elected officials. Total will likely appeal the decision, a representative told the New York Post.

The proposed College Point store is one of two that Total is currently fighting to open in New York state. A similar bid in Westchester was also denied by the NYSLA last year, in another ruling that is under appeal. The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division heard arguments on May 19 concerning the Westchester application, with a decision expected in the coming weeks. Total’s existing New York store in Nassau County, Long Island has annual revenues of more than $60 million.—Daniel Marsteller

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