It’s going to become easier to get wine and spirits in Pennsylvania starting next week.
Beginning next Monday, 389 additional Fine Wine and Good Spirits locations, including a number in Lower Bucks County, will reopen for curbside pickup. The expansion follows limited online ordering and select stores reopening for curbside pickup earlier this week.
Here is a list of the stores in Lower Bucks County that will be serving customers starting Monday:
- 2223 Galloway Road in Bensalem
- Marketplace at Neshaminy on Rockhill Drive in Bensalem
- Commerce Circle in Bristol Borough
- Deon Square on South Oxford Valley Road in Bristol Township
- New Falls Road in Bristol Township
- Pennsbury Plaza Shopping Center on Plaza Boulevard in Falls Township
- Southampton Village Shopping Center on Street Road in Lower Southampton
- Oxford Oaks Shopping Center on Big Oak Road in Lower Makefield
- Edgewood Village Shopping Center on Heacock Road in Lower Makefield
- The Shoppes at Flowers Mill on North Flowers Mill Road in Middletown
- 212 South State Street in Newtown Borough
- Addisville Commons on Second Street Pike in Northampton
- Levittown Town Center on Levittown Parkway in Tullytown Borough
- Southampton Shopping Center on Second Street Pike in Upper Southampton
“We acknowledge that Pennsylvanians are frustrated with busy signals and want broader access to wine and spirits, so after learning from our experiences this past week, we’ve made improvements to process orders faster, expand the hours we take orders by phone, and be more flexible in scheduling pickups, even the same day, if pickup appointments are available,” Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Chairman Tim Holden said.
All the stores that will be open will have their own unique inventory. Workers will be able to guide callers through the merchandise available for purchase before confirming the order and taking payment via phone. At pickup, customers will have to present identification before the order is brought out to them.
Curbside pickup orders will be limited to up to six bottles, and credit cards will be the only accepted form of payment. Orders will also be limited to one order per caller, per store, per day, and all curbside pickup sales are final.
Only the first 50 to 100 orders placed each day will be accepted. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said orders will be on a first-call, first-served basis until fulfillment capacity grows to accept more orders per day.
“We’re making strides in expanding service to Fine Wine and Good Spirits customers, and we hope that adding hundreds more locations for curbside pickup will help us get through this surge of demand for wine and spirits,” said Holden.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking customers to be patient as the state-owned system ramps up more capacity, Holden said.
On Monday through Thursday, the 176 Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores open for curbside pickup across the state sold 38,145 orders that totaled $3.64 million, according to public data.
Fine Wine and Good Spirits website ordering remains randomized to avoid overwhelming the site with high traffic. More than 100 locations across the state are fulfilling online orders.
From April 1 to Thursday, e-commerce sales totaled $7.11 million. In the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year, total online sales were $5 million.
In the state, breweries, wineries, and distilleries can sell their own products to customers for off-premises consumption. Restaurant and eating place licensees are able to sell what amounts to two normal six packs per a transaction, while restaurant licensees – meaning grocery stores and convenience stores – are able to sell up to three liters of wine per transaction. Beer distributors can continue operations and wine may be purchased from approved direct shippers.