The largest dry town in DFW is getting cold brews and fine vintages in groceries and other stores this week.
Beer and wine sales in Irving were approved by a slim margin of voters in the November 2008, allowing businesses to apply for permits to sell beer/wine for off-premise consumption (i.e. take your six-pack home).
According to the City of Irving, 116 applications were filed since the vote passed, with 88 permits approved, 7 denied, and 21 still being reviewed.
Gary Huddleston, a Kroger director of consumer affairs, told the Dallas Morning News, "Many of our customers have wanted the convenience of buying beer and wine in a supermarket in Irving for a number of years." (read full article here)
Opponents of the new law will have to wait to try and make Irving dry again; the next election residents could vote to stop the flow of beer and wine is May 2010.