Las Vegas C-Stores Can Now Deliver Alcohol

At least 35 states allow on-demand delivery of spirits, and online sales are skyrocketing.

January 25, 2021

LAS VEGAS—Convenience stores and restaurants inside the Las Vegas city limits can now offer their customers alcohol deliveries under a new law which took effect yesterday, 8NewsNow Las Vegas reports. The move should help shore up some business lost during pandemic-related closures as demand for delivery services grows.

To offer alcohol delivery, Las Vegas businesses and third-party delivery services need an off-premise alcohol consumption license and an additional license issued under the new law passed by the city council. The license allows for delivery of bottled liquor, beer and wine anywhere in the city, except to casinos and hotels.

“The main crux of it is somebody at home that wants a 12-pack of beer delivered to their house would be able to do that,” Anthony Stavros, mayor pro tempore, told the Las Vegas Sun.

Alcohol delivery services are becoming more popular as the pandemic wears on, bars and restaurants are closed to in-door dining or at limited capacity and more people are purchasing for in-home entertainment purposes. At least 35 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have allowed for on-demand alcohol delivery. In August 2020, Georgia moved to allow convenience stores, grocery stores and certain restaurants to deliver wine, beer and liquor directly to consumers.

Online sales of alcohol in the U.S. are expected to increase by more than 80% in 2021, according to a report from market research firm IWSR.

“This year, there has been a huge increase in awareness of alcohol e-commerce among U.S. consumers, while some states have relaxed legislation to facilitate online sales and home deliveries,” said Guy Wolfe, Strategic Insights Manager at IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. “IWSR consumer research data shows that in the U.S., 44% of alcohol e-shoppers only started buying alcohol online in 2020, compared to 19% in 2019. Growth is largely being driven by the omnichannel segment as supermarkets and traditional retailers seek to rapidly enhance their online offering. On-demand players are also expected to gain significant share.”

In 2019, online sales of alcohol in the U.S. increased 9.3%, according to Statista. There are 375 online sellers of beer, wine and liquor in the U.S. as of 2021, up 13.1% from 2020, according to IBIS World.