Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had an interesting discussion about the lack of upscale markets in Oklahoma City and whether a state ban on wine sales in grocery stores is to blame.
Today I addressed the following question to Gov. Brad Henry, State House Speaker Chris Benge and State Senate President Glenn Coffee:
Readers say they want an upscale grocery to open in Oklahoma City. Representatives of some of the upscale markets have stated in the past that the state’s ban on wine sales in groceries is an impediment to operations like Whole Foods and Central Market opening in Oklahoma City.
Regardless of whether this is the only reason for the lack of upscale grocers, readers want to know why lawmakers have refused to allow wine sales at grocery stores.
Can you please provide an answer that directly and clearly answers why you have not changed this law and why you think it should or should not be changed?
P.S. Dear lobbyists: you’re next.