After year in beer business, Rutter's plans expansion

Walk-in 'beer caves' planned for 12 more stores

YORK, Pa. - A little more than a year after a new Pennsylvania law allowed Rutter's to become the first convenience store chain to sell beer in Berks County, the company is planning an expansion.

Rutter's, with "beer caves" already open in 16 of its stores, announced plans Wednesday to add 12 more of the walk-in coolers. Locations were not disclosed.

The move comes more than 18 months after Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1690 into law as Act 39 of 2016, expanding the sale of beer and wine in Pennsylvania.

"We were very happy with the passing of Act 39 and have been running with the opportunity it has given us ever since," said Robert Perkins, Rutter's vice president of marketing. "We hope to open even more stores in the next year and add wine to as many locations as we can."

The only Berks Rutter's, located off Route 61 in Hamburg, began selling beer in November 2016, about two months after the store opened. It added wine to its offering of alcoholic beverages in May, also a first for a Berks convenience store.

All Rutter's with beer caves have seating to accommodate more than 30 customers.

"We want to give our customers the most convenience possible and cannot wait to see where this takes us over the next few years," Perkins said.

In compliance with state law, hours for beer sales are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.

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