GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana package liquor stores generate jobs, cheer

2012-11-30T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana package liquor stores generate jobs, cheerBy John Livengood nwitimes.com
November 30, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers is recognizing the hard work and societal contributions of beverage alcohol retailers by celebrating Package Liquor Store Month this November. America’s independent package stores, which in most cases provide a wide array of beer, wine and spirits products to consumers throughout the country, are locally owned and operated businesses that create hundreds of thousands of jobs, offer unparalleled choice to consumers, and lead the way when it comes to selling beverage alcohol responsibly.

Off-premise beverage alcohol licensees alone provide the national economy with more than 465,000 jobs, more than $13 billion in wages and benefits, and $8 billion in direct economic impact. In Indiana, off-premise beverage alcohol licensees provide more than $411 million in wages and benefits and more than $263 million in economic impact. Indiana package stores provide nearly 8,000 jobs for Hoosiers. Independent beverage retailers can be found in cities and towns across the state, and are invested in not only their businesses, but also in our communities and civic life.

By the very nature of being licensed, package stores are unlike most other merchants who do not specialize in the proper sale of age-restricted products. It’s this unique specialization that underscores their value to their communities beyond an already significant economic impact.

As the holidays approach and we prepare for our busiest time of the year, we want to encourage shoppers to support their local economy and local small business by stopping in their neighborhood package liquor store for a bottle of their favorite wine, beer or distilled spirits and help us celebrate Package Liquor Store Month. Cheers!

John Livengood is president and CEO of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.

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