As expected, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today signed the wine in grocery stores bill. The matter will now go to voters in the state.
According to the Memphis Business Journal, municipalities can now begin petitioning for a referendum on allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores, but it will be at least two years before local stores can carry product.
However, liquor stores will be able to sell beer and other items as soon as this summer. Allowing liquor stores to sell beer was a compromise to allow those retailers to continue to compete with grocery stores. That portion of the law will not require a referendum, the Journal reports.