Liquor store owners weigh delivery services versus in-store pickup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hitting a restaurant, bar, or liquor store to buy an adult drink could soon be a thing of the past.

“Delivery is a little novel,” said Ed Fryer, owner of Village Wines, Spirits and Beer. “It’s an expensive business.”

On Wednesday, the Metro Beer Board extended roadside pickups and alcohol deliveries for bars and restaurants through October 31. According to Fryer, the move came as a surprise.

“It’s interesting because I wasn’t expecting it. The Beer Board is usually pretty tough on decisions and things I’ve always heard, ”Fryer said.

Fryer, like many other traditional liquor store owners, must now find a way to keep up with the new trend in home delivery of alcohol. From a business point of view, it is expensive to enforce.

“Take the beer to someone’s home … go back, get the next order,” Fryer said. “So you’re going to be doing a fraction of the revs you might get through a typical retail store.”

On average, Fryer sees around 200 customers a day in his store. In comparison, Village Wines sees only 20 to 30 delivery orders per day.

“I can say that, I don’t know we’re making money,” Fryer said. “I think we can actually lose money.”

Even so, Fryer says he will continue to offer both in-store and delivery services for as long as allowed. The expansion also includes a curfew on alcohol and delivery sales on the side of the road at 10 p.m.

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