2010-05-06 / Local & State

State Board OK’s Sheetz In-Store Beer Sales

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ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) – A state board has allowed the Sheetz, Inc., convenience store chain to serve beer and sell it for takeout at one of its largest western Pennsylvania locations.

Sheetz in a statement said it hoped to resume sales at its “convenience restaurant’’ in Altoona as soon as possible following the decision Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. A timeline is in question, though, after the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania said it would file an appeal.

It’s the latest development in Altoona-based Sheetz’s quest to sell beer at its spacious gas station/ fast-food eatery location in the city.

Sheetz had a license to sell beer for takeout in the Altoona store, but the state Supreme Court nixed that last year. The court ruled Sheetz was afoul of the law by not letting customers also drink in the fast-food area of the store.

The ruling represented a victory for the beer distributors group, which represents retailers that sell beer by the case or keg.

Sheetz then reapplied for a license to also serve beer on premises.

Mary Lou Hogan, executive secretary for the beer distributors group, told The Altoona Mirror in Thursday’s edition that the Philadelphia based group would appeal to Commonwealth Court.

A phone message left late Thursday for Hogan was not immediately returned, while association president David Shipula, the owner of Beer Super in Wilkes-Barre, said Thursday he could not comment because he did not yet have a chance to discuss the ruling with others in his association.

“Today’s ruling is the end of that process, but not the end of the battle,’’ Sheetz said.

Sheetz has more than 350 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, though the latest ruling covered only the convenience restaurant location in Altoona.

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