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Colorado Liquor Stores Eye This Fall’s Ballot Initiatives

October 21, 2022

Colorado liquor and wine retailers are girding for potential upheaval this fall, pending the outcome of several prospective measures going before voters in early November. If voters approve three propositions on Tuesday, November 8, grocery stores that sell beer could sell wine, an entity would have an accelerated path to an unlimited number of retail licenses, and third parties would be able to deliver alcohol to customers.

Proposition 124 would increase the number of retail liquor licenses a Colorado entity can hold from two to eight in 2023, and slowly increase to an unlimited number after 2037. “It’s fairly contentious,” says Chris Fine, executive director of the Colorado Licensed Beverage Association, which represents about 1,600 independent beverage alcohol stores in the Centennial State. “A lot of people want a piece of the alcohol industry.” Here’s the full story.

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