Texas' liquor laws, if not the most confusing in the country (thank you, Utah), are confusing enough. So the battle in the Legislature, pitting Walmart, Costco and Kroger against some of the state's best-known liquor chains, fits perfectly.
Curtis Perry/Flickr Wal Mart might get to sell liquor, but it will never sell it like this.
It's not necessarily a fight between big companies out to get the little guy, since a variety of little guys support the big companies through a lobbying group called Texans for Consumer Freedom. And it's not necessarily about saving local jobs in the face of voracious multinationals, since the local jobs are being created by companies that aren't especially local unless you live in Dallas, Houston or Austin.
Rather, it's about a set of state laws that prohibit most publicly traded companies like Walmart from owning package stores -- retail outlets that sell wine, beer and spirits -- and would limit those companies to just five stores even if they could.
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