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Wilton's Liquor Stores Pleased With Beer Vote

WILTON, Conn. – A sign in front of the Wilton Wine Shoppe on Danbury Road said, “We won the vote thanks to you!”

“The way I’d like to read it, is the Wilton community appreciating the small business owner,” said Mitchell Ancona, owner of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors. He said it was wonderful that the question went through the democratic process, but he’s “thankful for the community for voting the way they did.”

Tuesday's vote against allowing supermarkets to sell beer means customers are satisfied with the service and selection at Wilton's liquor stores, he said. Ancona said it’s possible the question might come up again in the future. “But we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”

“I think I’d like to see this as maybe not voting beer out of grocery stores but voting for the small business guys,” Ancona said.

Wilton residents on Election Day voted 1,525 to 1,153 not to allow supermarkets to sell beer. 

Stop & Shop spokeswoman Amy Murphy said that the supermarket chain was disappointed in the result of the referendum. The store was behind the petition drive to get the question on the ballot.  

For the Village Market, not selling beer isn’t a huge disappointment. The market didn’t participate in the petition. General Manager Nancy Dolmier said the store was more concerned that their cashiers — many of whom are Wilton teenagers — would be handling the alcohol.

On the Daily Wilton's Facebook page, Scott Martin wrote, "Give the independent stores a chance to make money. The supermarkets sell everything else already, it's enough." 

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