|Posted:||December 15, 2021 10:35 AM|
|From:||Representative Timothy J. O'Neal|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Change to PLCB Regulations to allow for beer sales in Convenience Stores that also sell motor fuels|
|In the near future, I plan to introduced legislation that would create a new category of license to enable the sale of beer in convenience stores.
The ability of sell beer and wine has been expanded significantly over the past several years to the benefit of the consumer, the businesses involved, and the Pennsylvania taxpayers. At present, these benefits are limited as the existing categories of licenses require a capital outlay that effectively eliminate the ability of small business owners to compete. The current license available to Convenience stores requires them to operate a restaurant with seating for 30 diners.
The high costs associated within existing classes of licenses makes it difficult for hundreds of smaller independent operators of convenience stores and gas stations to access the beer market. As result, these businesses are placed at a distinct disadvantage in the market. Moreover, the consumer is denied the opportunity to buy beer in the most convenient way possible. Pennsylvania is out of step with the surrounding states.
I am proposing a new license category for motor fuel stations with convenience (C-Stores) stores. This will be known as the “C Store License”. The proposed C Store License will only be available to Convenience Store operator who also sells motor fuel products. The C license does not require the Operator to build seating for customers or otherwise remodel their establishment. This license would permit the C Store operator to sell beer for takeout only and prohibits the on-premise consumption of beer. Importantly, the initial licensing fee will be $2500.00, with an annual renewal fee under $750.00.
I believe that the creation of the c Store license category will level the playing field for small stations with C Stores. The new license category has a lower price for entry and provides small business owners with an opportunity to serve a new market. The C Store License had the added advantage of increased consumer convenience and the license fees will generate significant revenue for the Commonwealth.
I thank you for your consideration in co-sponsoring my legislation.
Introduced as HB2467