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Wegmans in State College to sell wine

Wegmans in State College will start selling wine on Friday.
Wegmans in State College will start selling wine on Friday. Centre Daily Times, file

Wegmans in State College will start selling wine on Friday.

The supermarket chain applied for wine permits for all 17 of its Pennsylvania stores, the company announced Monday, and plans to offer up to 800 wines by Nov. 17. The number of wines per store is contingent upon available space.

“Our customers have been asking when wine will be available for sale for weeks,” Pennsylvania division manager Blaine Forkell said in a statement. “I think they are going to be very happy with our selection, our competitive prices and the information our people will share about pairing wine and food.”

Wegmans has 92 stores, all based across the East Coast. The supermarket chain is the first to sell wine in central Pennsylvania under Act 39, the result of a bipartisan effort to ease restrictions on beer and liquor sales in the state.

The PLCB generated $2.3 billion in sales and revenue during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. More than $550 million in taxes and profits went back into the state Treasury.

“We have wanted this for our customers for so long,” Senior Vice President Nicole Wegman said in a release. “The convenience of shopping for wine and beer in the same place you shop for food, just in time for the holidays, is a win for Pennsylvania consumers.”

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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