525 FW&GS stores across Pennsylvania will be open for retail sales
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that
176 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in counties designated in
the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation efforts will resume limited
in-store public access beginning Friday, June 5, abiding by guidance for
businesses issued by the Wolf Administration detailing social
distancing requirements and other best practices in the interest of
public health and safety.
Effective Friday, 525 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across
Pennsylvania will allow limited in-store public access. The 176 stores
that will open Friday are located in the following counties: 14 in Berks
County, 31 in Bucks County, 19 in Chester County, 17 in Delaware
County, 13 in Lackawanna County, 19 in Lancaster County, 17 in Lehigh
County, 33 in Montgomery County, and 13 in Northampton County.
The following mitigation efforts will be in place as these stores resume limited in-store public access:
Stores will limit the number of customers in a store at any time,
allowing no more than 25 people (employees and customers) in any
location and further restricting numbers of customers in smaller stores.
The first hour each store is open each day will be reserved for
customers at high risk for COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and
older. Voluntary compliance from all customers is encouraged in the
interest of protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable
Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, guided by signage throughout the stores.
Signage will also direct customers to follow one-way patterns to avoid
cross-traffic and encourage them to refrain from touching products
unless they intend to buy them.
Store employees will perform enhanced and frequent cleaning and
disinfecting, and store hours will be modified to ensure appropriate
time for cleaning and restocking.
All sales are final, and no returns will be accepted until further notice.
Prior to opening to the public, each location was professionally
sanitized, and Plexiglas was installed at registers to provide a
physical barrier between employees and customers at checkout. All Fine
Wine & Good Spirits employees are being provided masks, gloves, and
frequent opportunities to wash hands.
The PLCB had intended open all Fine Wine & Good Spirit stores across
Pennsylvania on June 5, however store damage and looting, primarily in
Philadelphia, has disrupted operations at a number of stores. Although
all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in Philadelphia have been closed
since Monday, curbside pickup will resume on Friday at 17 stores in
Thirty-one stores in Philadelphia and one store in Delaware County will
remain closed for the foreseeable future due to extensive damage.
Additionally, one store in downtown Pittsburgh damaged by looting is
expected to reopen Friday.
Stores open and their hours are identified on the store locator page of FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com
Stores reopening to limited public access will continue offering
curbside pickup to the best of their ability, as they operate with
limited staff. Statewide curbside pickup sales from April 20 through
June 4 total more than 1 million orders for $72.1 million, including
sales tax, according to preliminary, unaudited figures.
The PLCB will also continue accepting online orders at
. According to
preliminary, unaudited figures, e-commerce sales from April 1 through
June 4 total more than 212,000 orders for $20.3 million, excluding sales
tax. In fiscal year 2018-19, e-commerce sales between July 1, 2018, and
June 30, 2019, totaled 39,000 orders for $5 million.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania,
operates nearly 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses
20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works
to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through
partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and
store profits – totaling nearly $18.5 billion since the agency’s
inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances
Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law
enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public
services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania
State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of
Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local
municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB,