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Report: Walmart Regroups In Effort To Sell Spirits In Texas

September 6, 2022

Walmart is regrouping in its bid to be able to sell spirits in its Texas-based stores, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. The company, which has been seeking the right to sell spirits in stores in the Lone Star state since 2015, has withdrawn the lawsuit it filed in 2021, though a company spokesperson told the Morning News that this was a temporary suspension of its efforts to sell liquor. Walmart, according to the spokesperson, would look into creating separate liquor store sections within its larger stores, which would include separate entrances.

The paper reported last summer that Walmart was renewing its effort to sell spirits in the Lone Star State, filing a lawsuit in state district court in Austin challenging the Texas law that prohibits publicly traded retailers from selling spirits. Walmart won a victory in the battle in 2018, when U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman agreed with its complaint that the Texas law is discriminatory, only to see the decision overturned on appeal the next year. A chain-dominated market, Texas is the third-largest spirits consuming state nationwide in volume terms, according to Impact Databank, after California and Florida.

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