"For one, the business owners say the governor's plan would create an unlevel playing field for beer distributors who would face competition from supermarkets, convenience stores and big-box stores selling beer.
Local businesses are concerned with their ability to compete against large corporations. Many small business owners are left wondering whether they will be able to support their families if the proposal goes through.Under Corbett's proposal, distributors could buy an enhanced license for $150,000 to sell smaller packages of beer such as six-packs along with wine. They also could purchase separate licenses to carry liquor.In the meantime, grocery stores could sell six bottles of wine and up to a 12-pack of beer for a license costing $25,000 to $30,000 annually. Convenience stores could sell six-packs with a $15,000-a-year license.Big-box stores, such as Costco and Target, could sell six bottles of wine and cases of beer through a $35,000 annual license."
"It would really dilute the marketplace. As far as Pennsylvania beer distributors, we all have to be small, family-run businesses. We can't own more than one outlet. You are asking us in a new world to compete against Walmart and Costco, plus other major chains of liquor stores that would move in. That would be difficult to compete against," said Tom Bowman, owner of Beer Express in Lower Paxton Twp.