Delaware County Daily Times from Chester, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1974 · Page 26
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Delaware County Daily Times from Chester, Pennsylvania · Page 26

Chester, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, March 21, 1974
Page 26
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Kesfer h/ts Shapp liquor store plan LANCASTER, Pa. (AP)- j "Alcohol is a drug--a dan- t gerous drug," says Rep. Stan- ' ley R.Kester,.(R-160th District) · of Chester Township, chairman of the. House Liquor Control Committee' "The problem is that it's here to stay, and if you support the governor's proposal (to sell liquor in private stores) you're' talking about increasing the amount of alcohol." Kester's comments were in · reaction to Gov. Milton J. Shapp's proposal that the state of Pennsylvania get out of the retail end of the liquor business by auctioning off state stores to the highest bidder. Kester, is joined in opposing the Shapp-supported plan by state store clerks, bartenders, most beer distributors, a' Philadelphia-based distillery and Edwin'Winner, the lone Republican on the three-member Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The two Democrats on the PLCB, Chairman Gene F. Roscioli and Daniel E. Pennick, claim they are neutral on the ;State-controlled versus private- enterprise liquor battle. However, both have . suggested 1 areas \yhere current' state liquor laws could be reworked. The proposed divesture of state stores has some legislators and others screaming "big' business and kickback." "Twenty-five or 30 people could control the.entire retail operation of alcohol in Pennsylvania'," said Kester, speaking of the proposal to auction off state stores. . Explaning how this was possible, Kester said that a buyer could form a corporation with X, Y and Z and buy up the maximum alloted number of stores (four under a plan suggested by ,Sol E. Zubrow, a Shapp-hired consultant). . The buyer then.could form 'another corporation with three other financiers and buy up another four stores, gaining controlling interest in at least eight stores. As to the possibility of state store employes purchasing the , stores, Kester said: "Where in hell are these people going to get that kind of money?" ; A spokesman for Lancaster area state stores estimated the -·average state store probably would go for $300,000. Salaries of clerks range from $6,500 to $9,178. Managerial-level employes make from $9,893 to $16,120. Ed Neidert, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Tavern Association, fears a system of privately owned liquor stores would result in monopolies and . kickbacks. "It would be possible for big' moneypeople to control the liquor business from the standpoint of "dummy corporations. If this'happens, there goes your system of regulating the flow of liquor. It wouldn't be free enterprise anymore," Neidert said. Neidert called the proposed auctioning off of state liquor stores "a good thing for the hustler." He predicted that those financially able to afford a liquor store probably could have their investment back in six or seven years. As for the effect on taverns, Neidert said the larger businesses probably would fare well, but little cafes which handle mostly neighborhood trade would be clobbered if they were forced to buy their products from privately-owned outlets. Neidert explained that if liquor stores are in private hands, travern proprietors could be blackmailed into purchasing brands that don't sell in order to be assured of receiving UNWANTED PREGNANCY? The only service (hot con rely you'° major hosp'- tols in your area. Ho patient is ever referred to o clinic Cdl [}I5)4«.?004. ABORTION ASSISTANCE ASSO. ABORTION The Finest Medical Care Available cost $ 145. FREE PREGNANCY TESTS AIC · (215) 885-1646 · 24'hrs. enough txtttles of the brands they want. The liquor store .owner in turn would be paid extra money by the distributer who supplied him with hard-to-sell products, Neidert added. Kester said that under the' present state-controlled system of,wholesaling and retailing liquor, situations like these are largely prevented. Neidert also said'sales to minors and falsifying labels tin brands would be more likely to ' occur if state stores were privately owned. And he predicted Pennsylvania's fast growing wine industry -would be hurt by private enterprise. There is no preferential shelf space in Pennsylvania state stores and all brands of one item must be displayed. UNWANTED PREGNANCY? In Delaware Call Toil Free pa. 2I5-657-2POO INFORMATION ABOUT PHILA.' If you. ore under 10 days lole, o new medical procedure /nay pre- venl the. need for o more cosily oboralion. CALL NOW! jlmflnill . iiiforiMJltnii .. lurMii. inc. 7 A M 11 P M 7 DAVS A Non-Profi' Orqantta'ion DELAWARE COUNTY (PA.) DAILY TIMES Thursday, March 21,1974 ····'- " ' " · · · · · · ' STATE REP. Stanley Kester says .Gov. Milton Shapp's proposal to sell liquor in private stores would increase the amount of alcohol consumed. "AJcohofis a drug -- a dangerous drug," Kester says. ·.··;- ; ^^ AYAWAY PARKING SATURDAY ,'';!; At allM«t«rs v And lots ·fofi .·OH mw.d 'BiwA ' . . · · · from SUITS *39 SLACKS ' ' from ·$f3 SUITS from: 'SPORT ' COATS : · . SHIRTS from JACK6TS*4 9 , 7 * ' -Suits ' . - Spqrtcoots - leathers -Sweaters HENRY'S DUS BRAND CLOTHING FOR MEN AND YOUNG 30 E. 7th St., Chester^. -Slocks · . mm ^ m ^ mm ^ · ** · · Ooen Friday'til 8:30 Jackets I FAMO US BRAND CLOTHING FOR MEN AND YOUNG MEN I doors^rom"Stote Thea^ef --- Shirts -- Shoes $7. EXPOSING LOW PRICES A quick dash through our inventory and we've found a whole gang of specials we thought we'd expose to you. There's too many to list but these prices sure will raise a lot of eyebrows. 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