Why doesn't Trader Joes' in NJ(at least ones in Bergen) don't carry alocoholic beverages?
Oh why, why??
That's only partially true. Although the parent corporation may be Trader Joe's in this instance....each individual store is most likely a separate and individually registered corporation....for tax and liability issues. There are many National Chains in the state that have multiple locations and licenses. A single corporation or individual can only own two licenses.
The most likely culprit is it may not fit their business model for their the stores without licenses....or there were none available to be purchased in the locations which have stores.
Different corporations or entities with similar ownership will not bypass the 2 license limit.
Unless a person held an interest in more than two retail licenses (except plenary retail transit licenses) prior
to August 3, 1962, a person may not have any interest in more than a total of two retail licenses. There are
some exceptions which permit the acquiring of more than two licenses if such licenses are retail
consumption licenses and are used for a hotel of at least 50 sleeping rooms, a restaurant, a bowling facility
of 20 lanes or more or at an international airport. Where this exception applies, except for hotels, no
package goods can be sold. (N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.31 to 12.37.) (See “Local Control” and “Package Goods
Sales by Retail Consumption Licensees.”)
Being a member of a club which holds a Club License or holding less than 10 percent or less of the stock of
a publicly-traded corporation which owns a retail license does not constitute an interest for the purpose of
this two-license limitation.
Taken from the NJ Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook
Different corporations or entities with similar ownership will not bypass the 2 license limit
I worked for a National Chain restaurant back in the 80s-90's that had 10 stores in New Jersey...all corporate stores. There are currently many franchisees that have different territories within the state that also have multiple locations each, or private equity ownership more commonly known as Restaurant Groups that have multiple locations. Doherty Enterprises is on that comes to mind with 45+ licenses. Some Costco Wholesale Clubs have outside independent operators within their stores(Western Beverage?)
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thank the Puritans. why are NYC liquor sales so weird, why are Philly's? why are DC's? the laws are nonsense pretty much everywhere from the near South to New England, but they stay on the books...