PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — First Giant Eagle, then Shop ‘n Save and now Walmart is interested in having wine vending machines at several of its stores in our area.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says that Walmart has preliminary approval to put the kiosks in stores in North Fayette, North Versailles, Butler, Washington, Belle Vernon, Monaca and New Castle. However, negotiations are still going on and the list could change.
The machines require customers to swipe their driver’s license and even give a breathalyzer test before they can choose between more than 50 varieties of wine.
“Why don’t they just sell wine like they do in stores instead of using the machine where you put your cards and things in it?” asked Betty Menke of Cecil.
Others, though, had concerns over whether it would make it easier for someone to buy wine for people who are underage. Frank from South Fayette said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea because I think it’s too tempting for younger people.”
Jeff Merritt from Mount Washington had another concern: “At Walmart – guns and wine – maybe not the best things to have at Walmart.”
Walmart did not return our call for a comment.