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Total Wine Appeals Queens Rejection To New York State Supreme Court

July 20, 2021

Maryland-based Total Wine & More is continuing its fight to open a mega wine and spirits store in the Big Apple. Total Wine filed a notice of appeal July 15 to the New York State Supreme Court in Albany challenging a June 16 ruling against its application for a license to open MCT New York Fine Wine & Spirits (also known as Total Wine) in College Point/Flushing, Queens.

Last month, the state Supreme Court in Queens County, New York City, ruled in favor of the State Liquor Authority’s 2020 ruling denying the license, asserting that Total’s application failed to demonstrate necessary standards of “public convenience and advantage.” Total Wine claims in its notice of appeal that the SLA’s rejection was based on “misconstrued facts” and “unreliable evidence.”

Total Wine, owned by brothers David Trone and Robert Trone, has 216 stores in 27 states with annual revenues surpassing $5 billion in 2020. The retail giant anticipates a total of 230 stores nationwide by year-end. Total already has one store in New York, in Westbury on Long Island, but has so far been stymied in its bid to further expand in the Empire State.—Kevin Barry

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