Whole Foods Wayland, MA to Stop Selling Wine

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Whole Foods in Wayland, MA will stop selling alcohol on July 14th, 2009 as they transfer the precious liquor license to a new store in Dedham, MA that is currently under development. The new 60,000 square foot store will be part of the ambitious Legacy Place, which is scheduled to open this summer. The reason Whole Foods needs to transfer the license (rather than simply obtain a new one) is because Massachusetts limits any one retailer from holding more than 3 liquor licenses. Here is a list of grocery stores in the state that sell alcohol.

An obvious winner in this is nearby Post Road Liquors. However, I've heard from several sources that there's a chance that the law that limits grocery store wine sales to 3 locations might be changing. Details are fuzzy on this, but seem to revolve around legislative changes that don't involve asking voters for their opinion this time. If you've heard anything about this, please do leave a comment below or drop me an E-mail.

Further Reading:
Inside the Bread: Whole Foods to Open New Location in Wellesley 

Question of the Day: Where would you recommend as a next-best alternative to shoppers who used to buy their wine at Whole Foods Wayland?


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