POTTSTOWN — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board denied the Montgomery Elks Lodge’s liquor license renewal on Wednesday.
While the renewal process was halted and hearings were held in June and July, the Montgomery Elks was able to operate under its license that expired officially in the spring.
As of midnight Friday, the Montgomery Elks, located on the 600 block of Walnut Street, may no longer serve alcohol, according to a letter from the Liquor Control Board obtained by The Mercury from a source.
All is not peachy on the automated wine kiosk front. The PLCB has placed wine vending machines around the state, in various locations. This was done to help sell more wine and to offer customers a more convenient place, besides the dreaded Wine & Spirits store, to purchase their vino.
Wegmans asked the PLCB to remove all 10 kiosks from their stores in the next 30 days citing too many customer complaints and malfunctioning equipment. Wegmans said in some cases the problems were harmful to their business. The kiosk pilot program started about one year ago.
But have no fear…it looks like Wally World is lining up to stick some wine machines in their stores as soon as this summer. Can you imagine the Walmart photos these will generate?? I cringe in anticipation!
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has maintained a strangle-hold on alcohol sales in our state for decades. For many years people have been screaming about reforming the State Store system and the state monopoly on alcohol sales. Many other states allow alcohol sales in convenience and grocery stores.
Interesting article below on the subject from the Center Daily Times that involves Altoona based Sheetz, Inc. There is a Sheetz store located on Route 422 near Birdsboro.