PITTSBURGH (News-Radio 1020 KDKA) – Members of the Liquor Control Board this past week updated state lawmakers on the efforts to implement sweeping changes to the sale of wine called for in a new law enacted in June.
Liquor Control Board Chairman Tim Holden gave numbers on the expanded permits authorized by the new law that allow sales of wine by the bottle.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Lawyers React To Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder
“So far, the PLCB has issued approximately 280 wine expanded permits to restaurant licensees, including grocery stores, convenience stores, and traditional restaurants,” Holden said.
In the coming year, Holden says he expects the number of wine expanded permits to total more than 600. Meanwhile, the LCB has auctioned off the first 40 of 1,200 or so lapsed licenses, or “zombie” liquor licenses.READ MORE: Columbus Police Show Body Camera Footage Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
He says he expects as many as three or four auctions of 40 or more next year.
Holden told lawmakers that so far, 670 direct wine shipper licenses have been issued, and that the number of state stores open on Sundays has grown from 188 to 323.MORE NEWS: Southwestern Pa. Police Officers React To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict