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Supermarkets, Liquor Stores Unite Behind Allowing Sunday Sales While Maintaining Limits on Cold Beer

Jay Ricker of Ricker's Convenience Stores Calls Deal "The Corrupt Bargain"

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The trade association representing liquor stores and the group representing supermarkets say they've agreed to unite in supporting Sunday sales, while continuing a ban on letting anyone but liquor stores sell cold beer. They're also uniting in opposition to any restrictions on where and how stores display alcohol.

The new alliance fractures an old one. Supermarkets and convenience stores have both been lobbying for Sunday sales and cold beer for years -- it was the acquisition of restaurant permits by Ricker's convenience stores which prompted legislators to form the study commission. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association blasts the deal as "backroom gamesmanship" and "hypocrisy," and says it'll continue pushing for the right to sell cold beer.

WIBC host Tony Katz spoke with Jay Ricker of Ricker's Convenience stores Monday, who called the deal a "corrupt bargain" and vowed to continue the fight for cold beer sales in Indiana convenience stores. 

Click the link below to hear Tony's full interview with Jay Ricker:

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