Chain quits PA wine kiosk program

That Pennsylvania wine kiosk experiment I've been reporting on has taken a negative turn.

Wegmans, the New York-based supermarket chain that had been home to numerous kiosks, has decided to unplug the devices operated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The chain said the machines -- which require buyers to submit to a Breathalyzer, swipe a driver's license and look into a video camera staffed by a state employee -- "proved not to be ... a valuable addition to the shopping experience," according to a statement issued by Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale. Consumers in Pennsylvania want to purchase wine in supermarkets, Natale wrote, but not like this.

At this point, kiosks remain in selected Walmart stores in Pennsylvania.

Earlier stories on the topic:

Walmarts to get PA wine kiosk approval

PA wine vending kiosks malfunction

PA starts wine kiosk trial program

PA wine vending machine plan on hold

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