2011-03-31 / Local & State

Pa. Walmart Stores Getting Wine Kiosks

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The self-service wine kiosks being used at some Pennsylvania groceries are coming to 24 Walmart stores across the state.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board spokeswoman Stacey Witalec said Friday the board has approved the Walmart wine kiosks and contracts are being reviewed by the attorney general’s office.

Witalec said it will probably be months before any Walmart stores have the automated wine bottle dispensing machines up and running.

The board shut down about 30 grocery store wine kiosks in December because they were not operating properly. Witalec said most of those issues have been resolved.

“We are still seeing some technical issues, but certainly nothing that rose to the level of what brought the shutdown,’’ she said.

The kiosks are located at certain Wegmans, Fresh Grocer, Brown’s Family ShopRite, Giant Eagle, Supervalu, Genuardi’s, Acme, Giant Food, and other stores. The Liquor Control Board is working on getting about 100 such kiosks installed around the state, and Witalec said it’s possible the project may be expanded beyond that.

The board approved the Walmart kiosks in January, and they were discussed during a legislative budget hearing on Tuesday.

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