SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The number of places where you can buy a bottle of wine is growing.
Pennsylvania began handing out new permits this week to deli’s, restaurants and other retailers.
Summit Market & Deli on the Morgan Highway in Lackawanna County is one of 84 places that can now start selling wine immediately after receiving its permit.
The owners say they already do a brisk business selling beer so they figured it was a logical move.
Owners expect wine to be available within the next few weeks.
Pennsylvania has granted its first permits to sell wine outside of its state-run-stores and this deli is the only one on the list so far from Lackawanna County.
“It’s exciting. It’s exciting but at the same time we’re going to have a lot more work to do but we already have our action plan. Signs are coming, shelving is ordered,” co-owner Ron Liput said.
Co-owner Ron Liput expects customers to appreciate the convenience especially as they pick up lunch or head home from work.
“It will be pretty nice. It will be more convenient,” Chris Wise said.
Wise of Clarks Summit isn’t really a wine drinker but says the state’s liquor laws needed to change.
“If you go up into New York state, I spent a summer there, you walk into the grocery store and you can buy wine, beer, whatever,” Wise said.
Employees say they’re excited to start offering gift baskets with local wines.
“We expect that the business will increase over the holidays especially,” Rosaria Liput said.
The new regulations for where wine can be sold are stringent.
Each license costs the business $2,000 and each place chosen has to meet specific guidelines, for example having a certain number of seats.
As for Ron Liput, he’s looking forward to offering something new.
“We’re going to poll our customers, see what they like and then I’m going to become an expert in wine myself!” Liput joked.
To date, the following places have been granted the expanded wine sale permit:
Beer Zone in Palmerton
Giant Food Store in State College
Dawg Beer Deli in Berwick
Summit Market & Deli in South Abington Township
Dooleys Deli in Hunlock Creek
Weis Markets in Hazleton
BDCD Incorporated in Brodheadsville
Giant Food Store in Bartonsville
Ararat Tavern in Uniondale
Giant Food Store in Lewisburg