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South Carolina Retailers Slam State Supreme Court License Decision

Following yesterday’s news that the Supreme Court of South Carolina has struck down the state’s retail store limit for beverage alcohol licensees, paving the way for more chain expansion, the state’s independent retailers are urging the high court to reconsider. Continue reading →

Posted in News on March 31, 2017

South Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Retail License Limit

South Carolina appears poised to lift its restrictions on the number of stores a liquor licensee may operate in the state, following a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court. Continue reading →

Posted in News on March 30, 2017

South Carolina Retail Licensing Bill Set Aside

The judiciary committee of the South Carolina state senate has voted 13-8 to “table”—or set aside—legislation that would raise the permitted number of alcohol licenses per retail operator in the state from three to seven. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 18, 2013

South Carolina Licensing Bill Hearing Postponed Until Next Week

A battle is brewing in South Carolina’s state legislature over a bill to expand the number of liquor licenses allowed per retail operator. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 12, 2013

Charles Sonnenberg Of Frugal MacDoogal On The Changing Retail and Distribution Landscape

Nashville-based Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse is the largest beverage alcohol retailer in Tennessee. Owner Charles Sonnenberg started the business in 1983 and branched out to South Carolina in 1990, when he opened a second store in Fort Mill, and again in 2004 with a third store in Columbia. Reliable industry sources estimate that his annual revenues are $45 million. Sonnenberg believes the entrance of Berkshire Hathaway’s McLane Company into the beverage alcohol distribution business last year (with its purchase of Empire Distributors in North Carolina and Georgia and Horizon Wine & Spirits in Tennessee) could signal a paradigm shift in the way beverage alcohol goes to market. He recently spoke to Shanken News Daily about the changing wholesale and retail environment. Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 5, 2011