Walmart fighting to sell liquor in Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The trial between Walmart and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been postponed.

The retailer is challenging the TABC law that bans publicly traded corporations from selling hard liquor. Sec. 22.16 of the Texas state law restricts public companies from selling anything stronger than bee or wine.

In their lawsuit filed last year, Walmart says the law is anti-competitive and unfair to consumers.

Local businesses told KXAN after the lawsuit was filed, they are worried Walmart selling liquor would put them out of business. Others argue it would be more convenient if Walmart was allowed to sell spirits.

Currently, Walmart sells liquor in other states and would like to expand sales to Texas. It became illegal for public corporations to sell liquor in Texas in 1995.

A new trial date has not been set yet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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