Teamsters, Giant Eagle and Wegmans applaud Costa’s approach to consumer convenience

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today said he is receiving support for his legislation that would finally provide consumers with the added convenience they have requested when purchasing alcohol in Pennsylvania.

Costa said the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Giant Eagle and Wegmans have all reached out to him in support of his proposal that would allow restaurants, taverns and hotels to sell wine to go and beer in additional quantities, while beer distributors would now be able to sell six-packs, mixed cases and growlers for people looking to sample different styles of beer. Licensed grocery stores also would be permitted to sell bottles of wine in addition to beer.

"I would like to thank the Teamsters, Giant Eagle and Wegmans for standing with me in support of this legislation," said Costa, Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. "They see the importance of acting now to provide Pennsylvania consumers the convenience they have been asking for."

Both Wegmans and Giant Eagle echoed Costa’s comments on consumer convenience.

"Giant Eagle customers in markets including nearby Ohio have long enjoyed the convenience of purchasing beer and wine in our stores. The introduction of beer to select licensed Pennsylvania locations has similarly been well received, and we support this legislation and any efforts that help us better meet the needs of our customers," said Dan Donovan of Giant Eagle.

"We support this legislation because it will provide greater convenience and choice, which is something our customers in other states appreciate and our customers here in Pennsylvania have repeatedly told us they want," said Blaine Forkell, Pennsylvania Division manager of Wegmans.

Costa said his legislation would also expand Sunday store hours for Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores, creating a customer reward and discount program, and allowing for the shipment of wine directly to consumers.

Costa added the bill would provide additional ways for people to purchase wine and beer in areas underserved by the Liquor Control Board and keep prices down and create jobs.

The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters said generating jobs always should be a top priority.

"We support this legislation because of the increase of good paying, family sustaining jobs it would bring. Providing these opportunities for people would strengthen the workplace for a better future here in Pennsylvania," said Bill Hamilton, president of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.