(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Floridians for Fair Business Practices (FFBP) today released the second in a series of consumer videos citing convenience and common sense as reasons why Florida legislators should repeal the outdated state law forcing customers to leave a retail establishment to purchase spirits from a separate store.  

As one customer commented, “For me as a mom, it’s the most convenient way for me to shop.” Other remarks included “I enjoy the advantage of getting my liquor where I get my groceries. It’s that simple,” and “You’re selling liquor either way so why not put it together,” and finally “It’s just common sense.”  

Watch the new video ‘Convenience’ HERE. 

The Coalition is supporting House Bill 107, sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), which includes language that would repeal the alcohol separation law.  

“It is important to address the needs of retailers and their customers in the state,” stated Rep. Steube. “Updating the grocery model will enable both liquor and grocery stores to expand their product offerings for responsible adult consumers.”  

Two additional bills filed in January, House Bill 499 by Rep. John Wood (R-Winter Haven) and Senate Bill 468 by Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring), also deal with the alcohol separation issue. The bills, if passed, would repeal the 1935 separation law and allow spirits to be sold in the same aisle as beer and wine, should independent liquor stores and retailers choose that option. 

Watch our previous video ‘Safety’ HERE. 

Floridians for Fair Business Practices is a coalition comprised of retailers and business groups including the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Target, Walmart and more than two thousand Florida consumers who have signed a petition allowing customers the same convenience that others in a majority of states enjoy. To sign the petition, go to www.FairBizinFlorida.com. 

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