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Garden State Liquor Retailers Association formed

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May 26, 2023

A coalition of small business owners started the Garden State Liquor Retailers’ Association (GSLRA). According to a published press release, the organization is dedicated to safeguarding the interests of family businesses, especially minority and immigrant entrepreneurs in the liquor retail sector.

The GSLRA supports measures to maintain the current limit on the number of liquor licenses a person or entity can hold. He said he “will oppose any action that devalues ​​existing licenses obtained through the hard-earned efforts and investments of members and their families as well as direct shipping that poses a threat to the integrity of the New Jersey’s liquor distribution system and undermines the ability of small businesses to compete”

On May 24, the GSLRA brought a number of small business owners to Trenton for the Assembly’s Regulatory Oversight Committee meeting to advocate for “fairness, equity and the preservation of the values ​​of Main Street that contribute to the strength and vibrancy of New Jersey communities,” according to the published press release.

The organization opposes Assembly Bill 1283, which would remove the full distribution license limit for certain stores, and Assembly Bill 5461, which would allow municipalities to transfer sales licenses to the retail of inactive alcoholic beverages for use in redevelopment areas and to convert retail distribution and seasonal consumption licenses. in consumer licenses.

“Protecting and promoting the interests of our diverse members is at the heart of what we do,” said Amrish Vakil, President of GSLRA, “In championing social justice, equity and the preservation of Main Street values, we aim to create an environment where small businesses can thrive, contribute to their communities, and play a vital role in New Jersey’s economic growth.

“Through education, advocacy and collaboration, GSLRA strives to foster a fair and thriving liquor retail industry in New Jersey,” said Kalpesh Maru, Vice President of GSLRA.

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