Total Wine & More loses the new round with college points

Attempts by a wine and alcohol megastore known to open cut-rate prices at College Point in Queens have failed again.

On Wednesday, New York State Liquor Authority rejected Total Wine & More’s August 2019 application to open a store in Queens after local contestants and a few elected officials – including Assembly members Andrew Hewesy of Forest Hills, Ron Kim of Flushing and David Waprin of Richmond – Pop opposed it because it would crush rivals.

The three-billion-dollar chain from Md. Bethesda, owned by the Tron family, including congressman David Tron (D-Maryland), is likely to appeal the SLA’s decision, a spokesman for the agency told The Post.

It tried to open a store in Westbury, NY in 2017 and tried to open one in Westchester, but the SLA denied that plan last year. Total Wine & More is also appealing for that decision

The agency said its members voted unanimously to reject the application in Queens and the decision was encouraged by the Metro Package Stores Association, a trade group representing liquor stores in Empire State.

“We thank SLA for acknowledging that College Point in Queens supplies the 350 existing liquor stores in the area and does not require a 30,000-square-foot mega-alcohol store,” the trade group said.

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