Support PA Beer Sales Reform

The PPA has been working on a legislative proposal that would give convenience store operators easier access acquire licenses to sell beer. Representative Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) has drafted a bill that would create a C Store License category in the Liquor Code. This past week, he officially circulated a co-sponsorship memo to all members of the state House asking for their support of his proposed bill. Click here to view a copy of the memo.

Current law requires store owners to purchase the limited number of restaurant licenses in the state and convert them to beer licenses.  This has created a bidding market that has resulted in a significant number of beer licenses to cost in the tens of thousands or even several hundreds of dollars per store.

New Legislative Proposal 

  • Create a new C Store License category (different from an R License)
  • Establish reasonable entry fee ($2,500) and annual renewal fee ($750) to obtain the C Store License
  • Eliminate the 30 seat requirement for beer sales in a convenience store
  • The C Store License would be limited to stores that sell motor with convenience store products

We Need Your Help

Beer is an essential product for Pennsylvania stores that currently have licenses. The current system for obtaining licenses is unfair. We need support from all industry stakeholders across the state in order to change the current law. The PPA is building a coalition of convenience store operators, distributors, jobbers, wholesalers, and vendors to engage in a grassroots advocacy effort. Please submit this form to express your interest in joining the coalition.