Drink up, Pennsylvania: Nearly All Liquor Stores Will Offer Curbside Pickup Starting Monday

In this April 16, 2020 photo cans are filled on a conveyor at the ShuBrew craft brewery, in Harmony, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Associated Press

April 24, 2020

This week, the state processed $2.3 million in curbside liquor sales.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced it was expanding its curbside pickup program to nearly all stores on Monday.

“We acknowledge that Pennsylvanians are frustrated,” PLCB chairman Tim Holden said in a statement. “After learning from our experiences this past week, we’ve made improvements to process orders faster, expand the hours we take orders by phone, and be more flexible in scheduling pickups, even the same day, if pickup appointments are available.”

The expanded list of where to order and pickup alcohol—broken down by county—can be found here.

Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor stores have processed about 25,000 curbside orders since that program began on Monday, for sales totaling about $2.3 million, the agency said.

The board said Thursday that its online order system also continues to expand its reach, from about 4,000 orders a day last week to more than 33,000 daily since Saturday, with five-day sales of more than $3 million.

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More than 100 of the agency’s nearly 600 stores are currently filling online orders for delivery as well as curbside orders by appointment.

The online ordering system has been able to meet just a fraction of the public demand in Pennsylvania, where the stores retail nearly all hard liquor and much of the wine. Before the COVID-19 shutdown, the liquor stores handled about 180,000 transactions a day.

The PLCB also said it did not have plans to reopen the stores to the public at this time. Curbside pickup orders are limited to up to six bottles per order, and credit cards are the only accepted form of payment. Orders will also be limited to one order per caller, per store, per day, and all curbside pickup sales are final.

Kimberly Lawson contributed to this report.

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