Stand Up for Florida Businesses & Fair Market Practices
Florida Businesses Unite opposes the effort led by out-of-state retailers to change existing Florida law to remove “The Wall” and allow for the sale of liquor inside stores in the same area that groceries and other goods are sold.
Under current Florida law, the sale of hard liquor is restricted to a separate store that sells liquor and related products like mixers, party supplies and equipment, as well as tobacco. Florida law also limits and controls direct access to liquor stores by requiring customers to enter through a separate door facing the outside of the establishment.
Grocery stores, as well as liquor stores, small independents and established chains, have all based their business models and stores on this existing law that has been in place for the last 80 years. Major policy changes like the fight over “The Wall,” where there is no constituency asking for it and no real need, negatively impact Florida businesses and usually trace back to out-of-state companies seeking to change the law to better fit their business models.
Florida Businesses Unite agrees that laws that no longer meet the needs of consumers should be changed, but this legislation does not meet that criteria. Florida lawmakers should stand up for Florida businesses and for fair market practices and oppose this movement led by out-of-state companies seeking to change the law to better fit their business models.