Representatives from the two large grocery stores in town, United Supermarkets and Walmart, say they support however citizens in Graham choose to vote in an upcoming ballot initiative that, if passed, would allow the sale of beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores in Graham.
A local political action committee called Graham Wet—It’s Time, headed by Graham resident Mike Elmore, tried to get a similar initiative passed in 2012 and fell short. PAC spokespeople believe they will have success this time because a provision allowing liquor stores has been stripped from the 2014 initiative.
“Our policy has been to allow each community’s residents to resolve these issues by casting their vote,” said United Supermarkets Communication Director Eddie Owens in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon. “If the majority of citizens desire access to beer and wine in their community, then we strive to support their decision. Currently, we sell beer and wine in all stores where we are legally allowed to make such products available.”
Of United Supermarkets’ 60 stores in the state, only three can’t sell alcohol due to city restrictions. Those stores are in Graham, Dalhart and Post.
The companies say they intend to meet a growing demand for customer convenience and a one-stop shopping experience.
“And, while it is true that we seek to provide the necessary groceries to meet families’ needs, we also seek to make shopping as convenient as possible for all of our guests,” Owens continued. “Since we have a large number of guests who have expressed a desire for one-stop shopping – one in which they can purchase groceries as well as beer and wine in one trip – we feel a sense of obligation to include their desires in our overall plans.”
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