Tennessee Sunday Wine & Liquor Sales Immediately Effective

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(Seven Day Sales Legislation (SB2518/HB1540))

On April 20, 2018, Governor Haslam signed into law the “Seven Day Sales Legislation” (SB2518/HB1540).  As a result, many of the new law’s provisions became immediately effective.  Please see the information below from Zach Blair, Assistant Director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, for a summary of the provisions of the bill.


Retail Package Stores:

  • As of  Sunday, April 22, 2018, Retail package stores can now sell  alcoholic beverages  between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
  • Retail package store shall not sell alcoholic beverages on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.
  • Retail package stores must immediately begin “marking up” the price of spirits by ten percent (10%). The minimum markup for wine remains 20%.


Retail Food (Grocery) Stores

  • Retail food stores cannot sell wine on Sunday until January 6, 2019.
  • Beginning on January 6, 2019, retail food stores may begin selling wine on Sundays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
  • Retail food stores may sell wine on any holiday.


Moratorium on New Retail Package Stores in Jurisdictions that Approved Package Stores before April 1, 2018

  • To obtain a retail package store license in a jurisdiction that approved retail package stores before April 1, 2018, an applicant must have had filed and paid for a retail package store license application on or before April 19, 2018, or an applicant must acquire the right to purchase an existing licensee in that jurisdiction.
  • The moratorium does not apply to jurisdictions who pass referenda authorizing retail package stores after April 1, 2018.
  • The moratorium expires on July 1, 2021.


CREDIT:  Zach Blair, Assistant Director, Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission


Last modified: April 25, 2018