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May 19, 2019

Liquor Sales Could Change

There could be a change to how liquor is sold in North Carolina. If House Bill 791 passes the general assembly, it will most notably eliminate the current system, which uses local boards to run liquor stores and returns some profits to municipalities, and instead use a state licensing system to allow private entities to sell hard alcohol. While there are currently 433 ABC stores in the state — including four in Haywood County — under the new bill, the state will grant 1,500 licenses. However, Al Matthews, who is currently in his first year serving on Maggie Valley’s ABC board noted that many of the licenses will be granted in larger cities. But his main concern is the large stores, such as Walmart, will gobble up the licenses so they could sell liquor.

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