Liquor Store FAQ
1.What is a package store?
A package store is the term some states and jurisdictions use to refer to a retail store authorized to sell liquor, beer and wine for the purpose of off-premise consumption.2. Where can I go for more information on the laws and regulations pertaining to liquor stores?
Start with two websites: The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (http://www.atf.gov) and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (www.ttb.gov). Then visit the official websites for your city and state.3. How long does it usually take to acquire a permit to sell alcoholic beverages?
The wait time varies by state, but it can take as long as 45-60 days.4. What are the minimum requirements for eligibility to obtain a license?
Again, the answer varies from one region to the next. In most cases, the applicant must be a US citizen or have permanent resident alien status. They must be at least 21 and cannot be a convicted felon unless special dispensation is made. In addition, they cannot be a police officer with arresting powers.5. Are there additional training/assistance programs available for liquor storeowners?
Several states offer free training programs for business owners, as well as managers and employees. These programs cover a variety of topics, from recognizing fake IDs to handling an intoxicated customer. Consult your state's website for more information.6. What type of identification can I accept for alcohol sales?
You are limited to the following types of identification:
- A valid driver's license containing a picture - issued by any state
- A valid identification card containing a picture - issued by any state
- A valid military identification containing a picture
- A valid passport containing a picture
- A valid alien registration card containing a picture
7. Why do I need a POS system for your liquor store business?
A point-of-sale system serves two important functions. At the cash register, the system processes each customer purchase quickly and accurately. In addition to functionality at checkout, a POS system should also handle inventory management and back-office administration. A POS system collects and correlates data on vendors, products, customers and cashiers, and allows users to access that data in the form of reports. These reports can impact marketing and management decisions that will separate stores that are successful from those that are not.
This information has is presented by Comcash, creators of the Comcash POS system, now in use in thousands of liquor stores, convenience stores and restaurants across the USA. The Comcash system combines speed and reliability with the inventory data and other information necessary to run a successful business.
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