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Are Liquor Stores An Essential Service?

The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story Tuesday that asked that question…and gave examples of people headed to Twin Cities liquor stores in a buying frenzy, fearing the Governor might close them under a complete shutdown.

I talked to Tim Booth, manager of the Wadena City Liquor Store, and he says there are no plans to close the store.  The staff has been cleaning counter tops, door handles and handles to the beer cooler hourly to fight any possible coronavirus spread.  Tim says there has been an increase in sales, but nothing like in some Twin Cities liquor stores where they’ve had to close temporarily because of a buying frenzy and customers that were literally tripping over each other and breaking things.

The Wadena City Liquor Store is already practicing social distancing and could eventually man the doors to keep a limit on customers in the store at a given time, or go to self-service.  If you choose not to come inside the store, you can already call ahead and make your order and they’ll deliver it to your car.

Tim says you don’t have to worry about hoarding your favorite beer, wine or liquor, there’s plenty in stock.  Hours will remain the same, 7 days a week for the time being, although there are as many as a half dozen ideas to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that could change by Monday, March 30th.  (The Wadena Liquor Store has moved to new hours beginning March 30th…Monday thru Saturday Noon to 8pm and Closed on Sundays)

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