2011-08-11 / Local & State

Pa.’s Wine Vending Machine Experiment May End

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania may be ending its one-year experiment with wine vending machines at grocery stores amid a contractor dispute.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/ou2HYR ) the Liquor Control Board says the suburban Philadelphia contractor that provided the wine kiosks owes the state nearly $1 million. LCB officials say that if its differences with the company can’t be resolved within 45 days it will “cease all kiosk operations.’’

The contractor, Conshohocken based Simple Brands L.L.C., disputes the state’s contention.

In a letter to the LCB, the company’s attorney said the state agency had incurred unnecessary expenses and “improperly’’ billed them to Simple Brands. The company’s attorney, Alan S. Fellheimer, says there is another side to the story. He declined to elaborate to the newspaper.

The kiosk program was launched last summer.

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