2020 YEAR IN REVIEW: Total Wine cracks Indiana market

Liquor superstore chain Total Wine & More opened its first Indiana store in November after the Maryland company succeeded in overturning a permit denial issued by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

The commission had cited a state law prohibiting it from issuing a retail permit to any company unless at least 60% of the company’s common stock is owned by Indiana residents. Total Wine had argued that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Tennessee case last year had overturned residency requirements for liquor store ownership. The federal district court in Indianapolis agreed.

The first Total Wine, which opened on East 86th Street in Nora, has 26,000 square feet—a colossus compared with the existing liquor stores in central Indiana.

The Nora location is a typical size for the chain, whose stores carry 8,000 to 10,000 types of wine as well as 3,000 to 4,000 types of both beer and spirits.

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