You can now fill up on beer and wine at a Turkey Hill Minit Markets store in Allentown.
Turkey Hill on Friday announced that sales of wine and cold beer have debuted at its store at 726 N. 15th St., a location that opened earlier this year. It is the first Turkey Hill store in Pennsylvania to sell beer and wine.
“We’re excited to launch beer and wine in Allentown and look forward to expanding this offering in other locations soon,” company spokeswoman Kim Hoffert said in a news release.
Following a series of changes last year in the state’s liquor code, more and more convenience store chains have been acquiring restaurant liquor licenses to dress up a portion of their stores as alcohol-infused cafes.
A liquor reform bill, which went into effect in August 2016, permitted — among other things — convenience stores with gas pumps to sell a customer up to two six-packs of beer as long as gas was sold on a separate register than beer. In addition, convenience stores have to adhere to the same rules that apply to supermarkets that sell beer and wine, such as serving prepared foods and offering seating for at least 30 people in a space that is at least 400 square feet.
In addition to beer and wine, Turkey Hill noted its Allentown store features the company’s full line of food offerings, with the “choice of grab-and-go convenience or a leisurely meal in a 30-seat dining area.”
More Turkey Hill stores — in the Lehigh Valley and across the state — will sell beer and wine before long. According to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board records, Turkey Hill has liquor licenses pending for its stores at 1140 Hellertown Road in Bethlehem and 4195 Lehigh Drive in Lehigh Township.
Turkey Hill, however, is far from the only entity in the beer-selling game in Pennsylvania. Here’s a brief roundup of recent activity:
- Giant Food Stores on Thursday announced it has opened beer and wine eateries at two stores: 7150 Hamilton Blvd. in Trexlertown and 859 Nazareth Pike in Lower Nazareth Township. With the openings, Giant now has 48 stores in Pennsylvania that sell beer and wine.
- BKGR, LLC (Friendly Food Mart) is seeking approval for the inter-municipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license from MISHJO, LLC (3 Brothers Ale House) at 1031 Butler St. in Easton to 4619 W. Mountain View Drive in Lehigh Township for a proposed restaurant. The Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors will hold a special hearing, which is open to the public, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, to consider the requested transfer, according to a public notice.
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