sheetz back in the beer business

Chain stocks coolers with adult beverages until final ruling has been made.

Sheetz is once again unlocking its beer coolers to the public…for now.

The chain has once again begun selling beer, six months after its original attempt into the segment was halted by the state. Sales started at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the 17th Street store in Altoona, Pa., making it the third time the store has attempted to sell take-out beer to its customers, according to news station WJAC-TV..

Sheetz officials told the news station that they expect the legal battles to continue for a while, but said they’re thrilled to be back in the beer business.

The chain expects it to take six months to a year before a judge makes a final ruling on the case, which argues that the chain should only be allowed to sell beer if it can be consumed on premises. Opposition from local beer vendors has made the hearing even more problematic for the convenience chain.

Until the final judgment is passed, customers will most likely be able to buy six- and 12-packs to go.

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