Wine Sales Are Coming to Colorado Convenience, Grocery Stores

Passage of Proposition 125 pops the cork on the sale of wine in convenience and grocery stores starting March 1.

November 28, 2022

DENVER—Colorado convenience stores can begin selling wine on March 1, reports the Denver Post. Proposition 125 received 50.58% of votes, allowing c-stores, as well as grocery stores, to sell wine starting March 1.

“Consumer habits are evolving, and it was inevitable that either this election, or one soon thereafter, that Colorado would become the 40th state to have wine in grocery stores,” said Rick Reiter, campaign director for Wine in Grocery Stores, in a statement.

Proposition 125 was one of three alcohol-related measures on the state’s midterm election ballot this year and was the only one to pass. One measure, Proposition 124, would have allowed liquor stores to open unlimited locations, while Proposition 126 would have continued to allow third-party delivery services, such as DoorDash and Instacart, the ability to deliver booze.

Those in favor of Proposition 125 said it would put Colorado in line with many other states in the country that allow wine in convenience and grocery stores. In 2019, the state began allowing full-strength beer to be sold in these retailers.

Convenience and grocery stores can not sell wine through self-checkout, and existing alcohol rules, such as no alcohol sales between midnight and 8 a.m., are still in place.