UFCW Local 1776 Hails Opening of Easton Discount Wine and Spirits Shoppe

Jun 26, 2003, 01:00 ET from UFCW Local 1776

    EASTON, Pa., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- At a grand opening ceremony today
 featuring a wine tasting, UFCW Local 1776 President Wendell Young praised the
 PLCB and its hardworking, educated clerks.
     "We're glad to be working with PLCB Chairman Jonathan Newman and Governor
 Ed Rendell to finally implement many of the reforms that our union has been
 suggesting for years," said Young.  These reforms have included Sunday sales
 hours, specialty wine training for clerks, and discount stores, where
 Pennsylvania can take advantage of its massive buying power to offer customers
 better deals.
     "With the cooperation of Chairman Newman and Governor Rendell, we feel
 that we can finally give the citizens of the Commonwealth the convenience and
 service that they deserve, while maintaining the state's control," added John
 Meyerson, Legislative and Political Director of UFCW Local 1776.
     Guests at the grand opening ceremony were treated to a wine tasting,
 hosted by Tom Leonardini, II, of Whitehall Lane Winery in St. Helena, CA, and
 a barbeque sampling prepared by chef Jack McDavid of Jack's Firehouse in
 Philadelphia.  The event was being covered by live broadcasts by WEST radio
 Easton, and WIP radio Philadelphia.
     "This discount outlet will directly challenge what New Jersey liquor
 stores have been doing for years, offering price breaks at the borders," said
 Young.  "Innovations like this discount store will help to keep revenues in
 the Commonwealth," he added.
     At 12,000 square feet, this store will be the largest in the Commonwealth.
 The store will offer both a Premium Collection selection of wines, and
 discount prices, as well as Sunday sales.

SOURCE UFCW Local 1776