Shippensburg Sheetz Stops Beer Sales

Group files appeal, forcing retailer to padlock coolers for now

Published in CSP Daily News

Sheetz beer Pennsylvania (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Beer sales at the Sheetz convenience store in Shippensburg, Pa., stopped on Thursday after a community group filed an appeal against the retailer, reported The Patriot News.

The Civic Club of Shippensburg filed an appeal Aug. 5 opposing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's July 17 decision to allow beer sales in the c-store, said the report.

The Sheetz store began selling beer on July 25 after receiving approval from the PLCB, Gary Zimmerman, assistant vice president and legal counsel for Sheetz, told the newspaper.

The Civic Club is located in the same block as the newly constructed Sheetz store.

According to the appeal, the civic club said the Liquor Code does not provide "discretion on the part of the board to allow transfers to places, properties or locations which sell gasoline."

Beer coolers inside the store have been locked, Zimmerman said. He added that depending how long the appeal process lasts, the beer may have to be replaced with soda.

Sheetz, which will fight the challenges, is expecting a second appeal from the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania.

"Our goal is to get in front of a Cumberland County judge as soon as possible," Zimmerman said. "We are at the mercy of the system," he added.

Sheetz also sells beer at one of its c-stores in Altoona.

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The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol and also operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide. It returns taxes and store profits to Pennsylvania's General Fund.

Based in Altoona, Pa., Sheetz owns and operates more than 460 convenience stores in six states.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers