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Total Wine Lodges New Appeal In New York Expansion Bid

October 30, 2020

Maryland-based retail giant Total Wine & More won’t back down in its quest to open a second store in the Empire State. Under the name MCT New York Fine Wine & Spirits, the owners of Total Wine filed an appeal at the Queens County Supreme Court this week in an effort to overturn the New York State Liquor Authority’s (SLA) June denial of its plan to open a megastore in Queens, New York.

MCT claims the SLA’s rejection was an “abuse of discretion” because the state agency isn’t empowered to protect the interests of existing stores or eliminate competition. About 350 liquor stores in the area vehemently oppose the proposal and deny the need for the store. MCT claims it would fill a consumer need and promote economic development. The court will hold a virtual conference on the appeal Monday, November 23. Total Wine has more than 200 stores in 25 states, including one in Westbury on Long Island, but has so far been stymied in its attempts to further increase its New York footprint.—Kevin Barry

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