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Grocery and convenience stores here are prepping their stores to stock the newest products available to them: beer and wine, Convenience Store News reported.
Residents in Irving, Texas -- which was north Texas' largest dry suburb -- approved the sale of beer and wine in the city in November, following the failure of two previous attempts in 2004 and 2006. The measure passed this time, but by a slim margin, 776 votes, less than 1 percent of ballots cast, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.
Also, this week three Kroger stores became the first supermarkets to offer beer and wine in the area.
"Many of our customers have wanted the convenience of buying beer and wine in a supermarket in Irving for a number of years," Gary Huddleston, a Kroger director of consumer affairs, told the paper.
As of yesterday, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission had issued permits for beer and wine sales to a dozen Irving retailers. In addition, city staffers had already approved applications for more than 80 other retail outlets that must now seek approval from the state agency, according to the report.