Lubbock stores worried as Walmart challenges liquor law

Lubbock stores worried as Walmart challenges liquor law
Source: KCBD Video

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Walmart may soon be adding liquor to its shelves. A U.S. District Judge recently backed Walmart's constitutional challenge from 2015 against a statute that banned large corporations from selling liquor.

He ruled it as a violation of federal law. This means Walmart could be on its was to receive its liquor license.

Liquor store owners here in the Hub City told KCBD they are now worried for the future of their business.

"Nobody's happy because we are a small business and they are a big corporation," Owner of Endzone Liquor, Beer and Wine Swati Shaha said. "It is just hard to survive, but we are going to try our best and we are going to fight it back and keep our customers."

Walmart started this fight three years ago, but they were stopped by Texas statute.

"It originated back in 2015. Walmart stores challenged a statute in Texas that, in effect, bars public corporations from selling liquor," Attorney Michael Uryasz said. "In doing so, Walmart sued for violations in federal law in the United States Constitution."

But a couple of days ago, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman ruled in favor of Walmart. This case is still in the very early stages with a long way to go.

"Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Texas Package Store Association, Inc. have announced they will appeal the decision," Uryasz said. "So it's not over for small business. Small businesses are resilient anyways, but it will go up on appeal and they will have another shot, so I would just stay tuned."

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