Walgreens push to sell more alcohol

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America’s biggest drug store chain, Walgreens, plans to begin selling beer and wine at all 239 of its stores across Arizona.

The Deerfield, Ill.-based drug store chain will be seeking the licenses necessary to make the move, a company official said. Currently, 55 Walgreens stores in Arizona already sell beer, wine and hard liquor, and this is an effort to begin selling beer and wine chain-wide, said spokesman Robert Elfinger.

The new licenses would be for beer and wine sales only, he said.

Walgreens has 6,997 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“It’s a very moderate, very small selection in the stores,” Elfinger said. “It’s about four feet width of beer in a refrigerator and about 12 feet of wine on a shelf. It’s less than 1 percent of the total shelf space of our store. There won’t be any hard liquor, and also no single-serve.”

Walgreens wants to make the move to sell beer and wine at all of its stores because of customer demand, Elfinger said.