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Jul 7, 2011 08:25 AM

East -coast Trader Joe's that sell liquor?

I'm wondering if any of the east coast TJ's sell liquor like the stores in California. Some sell beer only, or wine and beer, but haven't seen liquor yet.

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  1. Holler. In CT we have these old laws which prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores. It took a few years for our local TJ's to start selling beer...and that's all that our grocery stores can wine though.

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    1. re: masha bousha

      It's like that here in NYC/NJ. Strange- I never would have imagine northeastern states would be more conservative about alcohol sales that southern states like GA.

      1. re: WCchopper

        I don't think it has much to do with being conservative. It's more about lobbying efforts by liquor stores to limit liquor (and wine) sales to liquor stores. TJ's in Manhattan had to open a separate storefront to sell wine.

        1. re: small h

          I just mean that the laws were more conservative/restrictive, not the cultural attitude. I was accustomed to the free-wheeling alcohol sales in CA. H'ever, there are also some surprising blue laws here that I can't chalk up to lobbying, like restricting sales of kitchen appliances on Sunday in some areas.

          1. re: WCchopper

            I know what you meant. And restrictive laws are made by people, who are influenced by money. That's what I meant.

    2. MA only allows sales of beer and wine in 3 of a chains stores statewide. No liquor sales.

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      1. re: hynespb

        The Memorial Drive TJ's in Cambridge sells wine. Saugus and Danvers don't.

        1. re: hynespb

          Coolidge Corner store, Brookline MA does as well. Not sure of the third.

          1. re: marcreichman

            Framingham on Rt 9 is the third store. Of the three, Mem Drive has the best layout. I call the Coolidge Corner store (on Saturdays) the craziest *&!?! on Earth, the cheap wine doesn't help.

        2. We don't have TJs in New Hampshire (sigh) but the ONLY place to buy liquor is at the State operated liquor stores. Beer & wine only anywhere else.

          Unfortunately, the TJs right over the line from Nashua (I think the driveway might be in NH) in Tyngsboro, MA doesn't sell any either. I wanted to try some of the wine.

          1. The one in DC sells liquor - the one in Bethesda, MD does not. I prefer the one in DC!

            1. no liquor in virginia trader joe's.