Increased liquor sales halts orders for 10 days

Updated: Jul. 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Due to increased demand, the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control is stopping orders so it can keep up.

From July 10 to July 20, ABC is temporarily suspending the ability to place liquor orders.

ABC says they have a 29% increase in case sales over the last four months; they’ve shipped more than 1.3 million cases of wine and spirits in that time.

They will continue to ship out the 100,000 cases in their system as orders are suspended.

At Joe T’s liquor store in Ridgeland they’re about a week behind on orders.

David Rushing, the operating partner said, “A lot of us are ordering knowing that it’s gonna be a week before we get what we ordered, so we’re trying to plan ahead.”

Liquor stores are hoping the state can correct their logistic problems.

“They certainly need to expand to be able to handle more product both coming in and going out, but that’s all the legislature is going to have to take care of that,” said Rushing.

Officials at ABC said they already didn’t have enough room to store the extra wine if it was sold in grocery stores.

Now their main warehouse feeling the crunch, as Mississippians quench their thirst during the pandemic.

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