Birdwell Bill Will Level the Playing Field for Private Liquor Store Ownership SB 750 Eliminates Discriminatory Loophole that Favors Some Families Over Others

AUSTIN – On Monday, February 6, Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) filed SB 750 to eliminate an 82-year-old, anti-competitive provision of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that for generations has unfairly granted some families the ability to own an unlimited number of liquor stores while restricting others to a maximum of five. Travis Thomas,…

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Private and Public Retailers Stand Behind Eliminating Anti-Competitive TABC Laws Texas Retailers Association Promotes Passage of SB 609 and HB 1225

AUSTIN – The Texas Retailers Association (TRA), an organization representing every segment of the retail industry throughout Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. TRA joins alongside Kroger, Walmart, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association, Americans for…

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Costco Wholesale Joins Effort to Eliminate Anti-Competitive Liquor Laws

AUSTIN – Costco Wholesale Corporation, a membership warehouse club with twenty-five stores and over seven thousand employees in Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.  Costco joins TCF alongside Kroger, Walmart, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association,…

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Young Conservatives of Texas Supports Efforts to Eliminate Anti-Competitive TABC Laws Conservative Organization Calls for Leveling the Playing Field for Texas Retailers

AUSTIN – The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT), a non-partisan youth organization committed to promoting conservative values in Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in its call to eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.  YCT joins TCF alongside Costco, Kroger, Walmart, Brookshire Grocery Company, the Texas Association of Business, the…

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Texas Young Republican Federation Joins Efforts to Eliminate Anti-Competitive TABC Laws 25 Texas Chapters Call on Legislature to Defend Free Markets and Fair Competition

AUSTIN – The Texas Young Republican Federation (TYRF), an official auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas focused on Republicans ages 18 to 40, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in its call to eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.  TYRF joins TCF alongside a growing coalition of supporters that includes…

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Selling liquor in Texas was once calm, until it went on steroids

Five new realities of the liquor business Boundaries have evaporated. Strategically located stores that were relevant for decades have been made obsolete as 450 cities in Texas voted to go wet since the mid-2000s. Big players are branching out. Houston-based Spec’s and Maryland-based Total Wine & More have huge selections and multiple locations. Total Wine…

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Anti-Competitive TABC Laws Allow Market Share Domination by Private Chains Economic Analysis Underscores the Need to Eliminate Protectionist Laws

AUSTIN – On the same day the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce heard SB 609, a bill that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, Texans for Consumer Freedom released the results of an economic study highlighting the market dominance of private liquor store chains. Jon Hockenyos, President of economic…

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Brookshire Grocery Company Joins Effort to Eliminate Anti-Competitive Liquor Laws Privately Held Grocery Retailer Endorses the Passage of SB 609 and HB 1225

AUSTIN – Brookshire Grocery Company, a grocery retailer of more than 14,000 employees and 100 Texas locations, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. BGC joins TCF alongside Costco, Kroger, Walmart, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association, the…

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Op-ed: Liquor debate tests Texas’ free-market will

As Texans, we are very proud of our commitment and adherence to free-market principles. Fair competition, a key tenet of free markets, has created an environment in which Texas businesses improve, innovate and thrive. It is what has made the Texas economy the envy of the nation and our business environment the most inviting for…

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