— It was a Tuesday afternoon at the Liquor Store at Towne Center in Massachusetts, and the shelves were bare.
A dozen customers were in the store, trying to decide whether to take advantage of the early closing times.
Some had a plan to get into a liquor store, others were just hoping to get through the day without spending a dime.
But as a group, they weren’t about to waste their time in the grocery store.
Instead, they were lining up at the counter to pay a $10 coupon for a $1 beer.
The store’s owners were selling 10,000 beers in the state this year, up from 6,000 last year, and they’d had to close because of the new regulations that took effect on Jan. 1.
The stores were selling a total of 1,800 bottles per day, and many were getting run down.
But they were still able to serve customers on the weekends and during holidays, and in the past few weeks, they had sold out of beer in most states.
The owners of the Liquors and Liquor Stores Association of America have a tough job.
They’ve had to compete with stores like Sam’s Club and Kroger, which have opened their doors to liquor sales, and with online and brick-and-mortar stores, which can charge far more.
Some are going to close, but many aren’t.
So it was no surprise when the group at the Towne center said they were closing their doors as well.
The state of Massachusetts is taking away the state’s ability to enforce its own liquor laws, which are enforced by the LiquOR Act.
The law makes it legal for small retailers like the Liquour Store Association of Massachusetts to sell beer, wine and spirits in stores but not liquor.
The new rules mean that only liquor stores in cities that have been designated as liquor centers — places like Boston, Worcester, Cambridge, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute — are allowed to sell booze.
If a local grocery store doesn’t have liquor licenses, it can’t sell booze in their store.
The group said they are not leaving town for another beer or wine store, but they are moving out of the state.
They plan to stay until the rules are clarified.
The changes aren’t all bad.
The state is requiring all liquor stores to be licensed by the state to sell alcohol, so the state is getting the best liquor stores out there.
The rules also make it easier for local governments to pass ordinances that would allow them to set up liquor stores.
But it’s still a complicated process, and some local governments are not willing to put up with the hassle of having to enforce their own laws.
In addition to the new rules, the state also is making it harder for small businesses to open liquor stores, even though the law states that a local business must be licensed to sell liquor.
This is in addition to a number of restrictions that make it harder to operate a business, like being able to’t operate in certain places.