Posted on | June 3, 2013
Written by | Paul Santelle
As the NJLSA begins our 10th year, we want to thank everyone that has supported our continuous efforts. It is hard to believe that roughly 10 years ago we converted the original New Jersey Liquor Store Association, whose inception dates back to just after the Repeal of Prohibition, into the New Jersey Liquor Store Alliance.
Although our NJLSA acronym did not change, what did change was the fact that we consolidated three separate off-premise retail trade associations into one unified group that has been recognized as one of the leaders of our State’s Alcohol Industry Coalition, which consists of several other state-based trade associations, including the NJLBA, AARA as well as the New Jersey Wine & Spirit Wholesaler Association and the Beer Wholesaler’s Association of New Jersey.
If you are an off-premise retail licensee with a type 44 or type 32 (Broad C) license, we ask that you consider joining our association at this time, if you are not already a member. In addition to all of the legislative efforts we continually work on, below is a slate of important industry events we will be doing over the course of the next 12 months. Please mark your calendars!
Annual NJLSA-PAC Golf Outing, Monday, June 17th, at Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough.
If you are a retailer, wholesaler, supplier or industry associate/affiliate who likes to golf and wants to support our legislative efforts, there is no better way than to participate in this outing. This year’s outing will be utilizing both the East and West courses at Royce Brook. If you do not golf, but would like to support this event, you can attend the cocktail hour and dinner that takes place between 5:30–7:30 that evening, immediately following the golfing. Call our Trenton office for more information.
NJLSA Annual Fall Holiday Trade Show, Wednesday, October 30th, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, Raritan Center, Edison.
This show has become one of the largest alcohol industry trade shows in the region and we look forward to hosting for the 8th year at this centrally located convention facility in the heart of New Jersey! This is the Big Kahuna of all shows that wraps up the pre-holiday season on a grand scale.
NJLSA and NJLBA First Annual Spring Trade Show, Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, at the Trump Taj Mahal, A.C.
Please be sure to note the official announcement of our inaugural First Annual Spring Trade Show. This will be our first joint venture with the New Jersey Licensed Beveraged Association (NJLBA) as well as the first time that two retail trade associations representing both the on- and off-premise sectors have come together to host an industry trade show. We hope that everyone will mark their calendars and make plans to participate in this premiere event!
The NJLSA has been busy over the last two months helping our counterparts in the Keystone State, where their Governor has been pushing extremely hard to privatize the marketplace. Specifically, we have met with the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania, a trade group that represents roughly 1,100 independent privately owned retailers that are licensed to sell malt beverages. Obviously, we would like to see a private model in PA that closely mirrors our own and does not go the route of chains, which would include grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and big box retailers.
Our feeling is that this group of independent retailers should have the first shot at purchasing any new licenses that would include the sale of wine and spirits. We have also engaged the ABL in our efforts to help sort out what is in the best interests of the independent retailers, who could possibly be run over by the chain train if Wegmans and the likes get their way. Obviously, we are very concerned for our own border stores and the sales pendulum that maybe swinging over the Delaware River.
The NJLSA Board of Directors sends their congratulations to Marvin Sellers, who was selected as this year’s “Brown-Forman Retailer of Year” for New Jersey. Marvin works tirelessly not only as a retailer in his two South Jersey stores, but also as an industry advocate fighting the good fight for all of us whenever the call goes out.
Finally, the NJLSA sends our sincerest condolences to Joe DeMarco and his family for the loss of Elizabeth “Betty” DeMarco, Joe’s wife and the mother to Anthony DeMarco, president of High Grade Beverage. They were married for 56 years and have always supported our industry as an extension of their family, which besides Anthony includes their two daughters Diana and Denise.