More woes for PA wine kiosk experiment

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pennsylvania may be ending its one-year experiment with wine vending machines in grocery stores amid a dispute with a contractor over whether it owes the state almost $1 million.

The Liquor Control Board notified the contractor, Simple Brands LLC of Conshohocken, PA ... that it owes the state nearly $1 million and gave it 45 days to "cure the outstanding debt," said LCB spokeswoman Stacey Witalec. If a payment is not made, LCB officials said they will "cease all kiosk operations."

"We are hopeful we will receive some sort of payment from them," Witalec said.

The kiosks are owned by Simple Brands, Witalec said. The LCB approves the applications for the kiosks in the stores.

There are 32 wine kiosks operating in the state, including 14 in Giant Eagle supermarkets in western Pennsylvania. Giant Eagle spokesman Dick Roberts said its wine kiosk program remains in operation and the company is monitoring the situation.

"It's really a PLCB (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board) problem," Roberts said.

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