The cardboard cases of beer that line the shelves in Spry Beer & Soda Mart could eventually be neighbors to six packs and bottles of wine if Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization proposal comes to fruition.

But Jack Diamond, co-owner of the York Township beer distributor, doesn't have a lot of faith that will come to pass.

"It's political and it will never happen," he said.

Pennsylvania has had its current state-owned system for so long, it's resistant to change, Diamond said.

"Nothing will ever be done to ever benefit the consumer," he said.

The plan Corbett revealed in Pittsburgh on Wednesday would enable beer distributors to become a one-stop shop for beer, liquor and wine in Pennsylvania.

But many local distributors either chose not to comment or said they didn't know enough about the governor's plan to form an opinion.

Corbett's plan would close 620 state stores and replace them with 1,200 privately-owned outlets.

An unlimited number of licenses would be available to grocery chains, convenience stores and retail outlets, such as Walmart and pharmacies. They

would all be permitted to sell beer and wine, according to Corbett's plan.

At Giant: It's a no-brainer for Giant, which already sells beer in some of its regional stores, including the recently renovated location in Springettsbury Township.

"In our Pennsylvania stores that sell beer, customers have responded favorably," said Chris Brand, Giant spokesman.


The company supports convenience for its customers, and sells beer and wine in other states where the law permits, he said.

"Pennsylvanians have made it abundantly clear that they would appreciate the convenience of buying beer, wine and spirits when they shop for their groceries," Brand said.

Elsewhere: Restaurants and taverns, which can already sell beer, would also be able to sell up to six bottles of wine to go, according to Corbett's plan.

But the manager of White Rose Bar & Grill in York City doesn't expect that to have much of an impact on business.

"It wouldn't do much for us," said Manager Jeremiah Anderson.

His business is already eligible to sell six packs of beer. In some cases, adding wine sales might benefit the customer, he said.

"But most people who buy a bottle of wine know what they're looking for or want to browse a nice selection," Anderson said. "That plan wouldn't be much of a boost for us."

A spokeswoman for Rutter's, a convenience store chain based in York, declined to speak about Corbett's plan.

"We don't really have a comment at this point because it's just a proposal," said Alex Henry, Rutter's spokeswoman.

Rite Aid officials also chose not to comment.

"We're encouraged by the governor's initial proposal and we'll continue to monitor its progress and developments closely, but it's too early for us to speculate on any impact to Rite Aid," spokeswoman Ashley Flower said in a statement.

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