Rochester-based Wegmans supermarket chain and five affiliated liquor stores in Upstate New York have been fined $1.1 million for violations of state alcohol beverage control laws.
The State Liquor Authority accused Wegmans of “effectively managing five liquor stores without a proper license, arranging sales to specified liquor stores without a license to traffic in wine, and for aiding and abetting gifts and services violations.” The liquor stores are affiliated with Wegmans through family connections. In a statement, Wegmans officials said “What these stores have in common is that each is individually owned by a Wegman family member, and each owner is trying to run their store like we run Wegmans, with low prices, great selection and great service.”
Wegmans has unsuccessfully lobbied in the past to change New York law to allow grocers to sell wine and liquor. It also sells wine and liquor in its stores in other state where that is permitted.