In a recent poll on our web site, liquor and wine sales in Kansas grocery markets and convenience stores was favored by a two-to-one margin. The state legislature is discussing the idea.
On one side are the big corporations that own and operate the supermarkets and convenience stores in the state. They argue for consumer demand, and how easy it is to pick up a jug of Jack Daniels along with a loaf of bread and a box of Pop Tarts. They say the move would add “thousands” of jobs … their number, not mine … to the Kansas economy. It might even add to tax revenue by boosting booze sales.
On the other side are hundreds of small business people who run package stores across the state. Many of those mom-and-pop operations could shut down if the competition is too rough from the “big stores”. The state could lose a few jobs … and tax revenue.
It looks to me like a David-versus-Goliath … or out-of-state big corporation-versus-small business argument. It seems visitors to our web site are going for Goliath on this one.
Our thought for today is from Jason Fried:
“You don’t need to outdo the competition. It’s expensive and defensive. Underdo your competition. We need more simplicity and clarity.”