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05/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Liquor Store Bill Seen As 'Backdoor' Route To Liquor In Grocery Stores

Lawmakers will soon be debating a bill that some view as a backdoor to allowing supermarkets to sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor.

House Bill 1279 would allow grocery stores to own liquor stores "lock, stock and barrel," as a spokeswoman representing a coalition of grocery stores told the Denver Daily News. Grocery stores that earn at least 51 percent of their annual revenues from food sales would be allowed to purchase liquor stores within 1,000 feet and sell beer, wine and liquor inside those stores.

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