Pennsylvania: Wegmans pulls plug on kiosk wine sales

on 04/06/11 at 10:24 am

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Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has pulled out of an agreement with the state’s Liquor Control Board to sell wine through automated kiosks at 10 of the company’s Pennsylvania stores, citing problems with the machines and too many customer complaints.

The decision announced by the agency Thursday deals a blow to the wine kiosk system, leaving 22 in operation nearly a year after the first pilot kiosks began vending bottles in Pennsylvania.

It also comes amid a growing discussion in Harrisburg over proposals to privatize the state liquor store system. No bill has been introduced, but Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who is awaiting the results of a study on the topic, is a strong proponent of the idea.

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