Alcohol is the official mind-numbness inducing drug of choice in America for those who need escape from their lives and do not wish to run afoul of law enforcement. Walmart wants to tap that corner the booze business in Texas.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer and the biggest private employer in Texas, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Austin on Thursday for the right to sell hard alcohol at package good stores adjacent to existing Walmarts in the state. Wal-Mart is suing for the right to operate so-called “package stores” to sell liquor in Texas, the lawsuit said. Officials in the retail giant said that provisions in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that prohibit Wal-Mart, and other publicly traded companies, from owning or operating package stores in Texas are unconstitutional. The state cannot create a barrier to free market competition and consumer choice, the company said. Wal-Mart also is forbidden from owning or holding more than five package store permits. “Texas law irrationally prohibits companies and persons from owning or holding more than five package store permits. Texas law then unfairly grants an exception to the five-store limit to certain close family members,” the lawsuit says. “The exception available to close family members is known as ‘consolidation’ and is restricted to persons related within the first degree of consanguinity. Close family members are thus allowed to pool their package store permits into a single entity and collectively obtain an unlimited number of package store permits.”
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