The legislation that allows retail food stores to sell wine restricts wine sales to the hours that the law allows retail package stores (i.e. liquor stores) to be open for business. Liquor stores can be open from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday. Liquor stores are not allowed by law to be open on Sundays. Nor are liquor stores allowed to be open on New Years Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
But Tennesseans shop at food stores seven days a week, and Sundays are the first or second busiest days for grocery stores every week. Those holidays are often big shopping days too.
On July 1, 2016 Tennesseans were finally allowed to buy wine where they buy their food. But this new freedom applies to only six days of the week.
If Sunday is when you do your food shopping and you want to pick up a bottle of wine to go with dinner, you are out of luck. Even more confounding for shoppers is the fact that on Sundays beer is for sale right across the aisle from the wine.
In 2017 let’s let Tennesseans buy wine when they buy their food. Support 7-day Sales.
- Beer can be purchased 7 days per week.
- Other alcohol choices are for sale in Tennessee every Sunday at restaurants, wineries and distilleries.
- 38 states allow sales of wine or distilled spirits in one form or another 7 days per week.
- Since 2002, 16 of the 38 states have allowed 7-day sales, giving their citizens the choice to purchase alcohol when it is most convenient for them.
- Tennesseans can drive to stores in Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia and Missouri on Sundays to purchase wine, leaving the proceeds and tax revenues in those states.