Small Minnesota Liquor Stores Facing Tough Competition
ST. PAUL (AP) - Small liquor stores in Minnesota are facing increased competition from retail giants that offer greater selections, and often lower prices.
Maryland-based Total Wine & More and Target are the newest rivals seeking to grab a share of the state's alcohol sales. The two companies are following the footsteps of many grocery chains and big discount retailers.
Total Wine opened its first Minnesota location about six months ago in Roseville. Store manager Derek Hopper says it draws customers from across the state, and even Wisconsin and Canada.
Steve Burwell, who owns a smaller liquor store about a third of a mile away, says he's worried his store and others may be forced to close.
Target plans to begin selling a full selection of wine, beer and liquor at its Otsego location next month.