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Kroger takes lead for wine at stores
The measure to sell wine in grocery stores is different from the push to allow liquor stores in McMinnville.

Kroger wants to sell wine from its store in McMinnville.
The supermarket giant is inviting city voters to visit the Kroger at Three Star Mall to sign a referendum to get wine in grocery stores on the November ballot.
The previous referendum effort in McMinnville in 2014 failed as the required number of verified voter signatures was not reached.
The measure to sell wine in grocery stores is different from the push to allow liquor stores in McMinnville. City voters will already have the chance to vote on liquor stores in November as that petition has gained the necessary number of 228 signatures, according to the Warren County Election Commission.
It also requires 228 signatures to get wine sales on the November ballot. Kroger representatives have already submitted some signatures, with election officials estimating the number of valid signatures to be less than 100.
Legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in March of 2014 requires a referendum to be held in each municipality in order to get wine on the ballot. That happened in a large number of cities across the state, and 100 percent of those cities voted yes for wine in grocery stores in November 2014.
That bill became a reality this month when hundreds of grocery stores began selling wine across the state on July 1.
“We are pleased to now be selling wine in over 100 Kroger stores across the state, but we’re disappointed we cannot yet sell wine in our McMinnville store,” said Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads. “We hope registered voters in the city of McMinnville will answer the call and help us reach the required number this time around.” 
Kroger invites McMinnville voters to visit its store at 1410 Sparta Street any time between now and July 24 to sign the petition. Qualifying signatures must come from registered voters in the city of McMinnville. Voters must sign the petition exactly as their name appears on their voter’s registration card, and the address listed must match the address on file with the election commission. The signature does not count if the person is not a registered voter in McMinnville.
Kroger will have a sign-up table on the following days and times, plus the petition will always be available at the customer service desk. The days for the sign-up table are:
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fridays from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.
Kroger is one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains. The Nashville Division operates 92 stores and 79 Fuel Centers in Middle and East Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and North Alabama. The key focus areas of giving for Kroger are K-12 education, feeding the hungry, women’s health and wellness initiatives, and other grass roots community initiatives.