Based on reports from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, it appears several Dollar General Stores in Arkansas have applied for permits to sell wine in recent weeks.
Act 508 of 2017 lets grocery stores in Arkansas sell wine.
Prior to Act 508’s passage, grocery stores in Arkansas were limited to selling beer and small quantities of locally produced wine, at most.
Since Act 508 passed two and a half years ago, we’ve seen massive expansions of alcohol inventory in major grocery stores like Kroger.
This year we’re seeing a similar expansion among Dollar General Stores.
Since July, at least 52 Dollar General stores in Arkansas have applied for Grocery Store Wine permits with the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.
The stores are located in cities and towns across Arkansas, including:
- Fort Smith
- Fountain Lake
- Hot Springs
- Lead Hill
- Little Rock
- Mountain Home
- Pine Bluff
- Prairie Grove
- Siloam Springs
In 2017 we said Act 508 would simply mean more alcohol in stores where children and families shop. It appears that prediction has come true.