Wine in Grocery Stores Approved In All 78 Municipalities

Press release from Red White and Food; November 5, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2014) – Organizers of the effort to allow the sale of wine in Tennessee food stores hailed the thousands of grassroots supporters and volunteers who helped propel the effort yesterday in all 78 eligible locations.

“This is truly a great day for Tennessee consumers,” said Susie Alcorn, campaign manager of Red White and Food, the nonprofit organization that supports allowing wine sales in Tennessee’s retail food stores.

“The voters have spoken, and the wine in retail food stores referendum has passed everywhere it appeared on the ballot. Red White and Food is grateful to its retail partners who supported this campaign on behalf of their customers, the legislative leadership who enabled Tennessee voters to have a voice and the many voters who showed overwhelming support for wine in retail food stores.”

Among the qualifying municipalities where the referendum passed were Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport. (A complete list of municipalities that passed the referendum appears at the end of this document.)

“Kroger couldn’t be happier with the results and for this long-awaited victory for our customers,” said Melissa Eads, the community relations manager for the Nashville division of Kroger. “We look forward to the day when they can finally buy a bottle of wine with their groceries – a convenience they have requested for years.”

Legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in March of this year was a compromise between retail food stores and liquor stores. Many liquor stores across the state began selling beer and party supplies on July 1 of this year as allowed by the new law.

The wine in retail food stores referendum appeared on the ballot in 78 qualifying municipalities across Tennessee. Petitions were filed in those communities this summer and were certified by the local election commissions to authorize the referendum. In the 78 communities where the wine referendum passed, most retail food stores will be able to sell wine beginning July 1, 2016.

Following is a complete list of the 78 municipalities where the wine in retail food stores referendum was passed. This list appears in alphabetical order by county. Multicounty cities or towns are indicated by asterisks.

Anderson County

Clinton
Norris
Oak Ridge**

Bedford County

Shelbyville

Blount County

Alcoa
Maryville

Bradley County

Cleveland

Carroll County

McKenzie

Carter County

Elizabethton

Cheatham County

Ashland City
Pleasant View

Cocke County

Newport

Coffee County

Manchester
Tullahoma

Cumberland County

Crossville
Unincorporated Cumberland County

Davidson County

Metro Nashville
Goodlettsville **

Dickson County

Burns

Dyer County

Dyersburg

Fayette County

Oakland

Greene County

Greeneville

Grundy County

Monteagle **

Hamblen County

Morristown

Hamilton County

Chattanooga
Collegedale
East Ridge
Lakesite
Red Bank
Signal Mountain

Hardin County

Savannah

Hawkins County

Church Hill
Rogersville

Henry County

Paris

Knox County

Farragut
Knoxville
Unincorporated Knox County

Loudon County

Lenoir City
Loudon

Madison County

Jackson

Maury County

Mount Pleasant
Spring Hill**

McMinn County

Athens
Etowah

Montgomery County

Clarksville

Obion County

Union City

Putnam County

Cookeville

Roane County

Harriman
Kingston

Robertson County

Coopertown

Rutherford County

Murfreesboro
Smyrna

Sevier County

Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge
Sevierville

Shelby County

Arlington
Bartlett
Collierville
Germantown
Memphis
Millington

Sullivan County

Bristol
Kingsport**

Sumner County

Gallatin
Hendersonville
White House**

Tipton County

Atoka
Covington
Munford

Washington County

Johnson City**
Jonesborough

Weakley County

Martin

Williamson County

Brentwood
Fairview
Franklin
Thompson’s Station

Wilson County

Lebanon
Mount Juliet