Chain quits PA wine kiosk program
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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Posted by William M. Dowd at 3:43 PM