Beer Distributors very busy Wednesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/09

Beer Distributors very busy Wednesday

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - It's 9:15 Wednesday morning, and a Bud Light beer truck pulled into 7-Eleven for the first time, and that's just the first of many firsts.

Store shelves all over Lubbock are now stocked with several thousand dollars worth of alcohol in their stores. "We had 21 permits in hand, we had to go disperse to my staff," said Lubbock Market Manager of 7-Eleven Ryan Suttles.

Suttles says he is glad this day is finally here. "The sales benefit to our company is outstanding, but more importantly the voters and the people in this community said that's what they wanted and it's our job to give it to them," said Suttles.

And beer distributors worked all day delivering alcohol to dozens of Lubbock County stores. "We're hoping when the weekend starts and people get off work, we'll have beer in most stores," said Sales Manager of Standard Sales Les Gillit. 

Gillit says although many stores will be selling, they probably will only see a slight increase in sales. "It's just a different way of doing business, before we had a few stores that sold a lot of beer, now we are going to have a lot of stores that sell smaller amounts," said Gillit.

But 7-Eleven is glad to be one of those stores. "At the end of the day that's what the public and voters certainly wanted, so we are happy to serve the public that's what we get paid to do," said Suttles.

TABC approved 86 permits and licenses for Lubbock County stores Wednesday morning.

Standard Sales, LP hope to have all approved stores stocked by this weekend.

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