NEW HARTFORD, NY – Bars across New York have stopped serving customers in house, for the foreseeable future, in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
But what does that mean for local liquor stores?
Bremer’s Wine & Liquor on Commercial Drive in New Hartford says they have definitely seen an increase in business.
On Tuesday, customers were once again in the store stocking up.
Anne White, a cashier at Bremer’s, says what they were stocking up on though, wasn’t always for recreational purposes.
“When the hand sanitizer went out, we sold out of our grain alcohol. People were trying to make their own hand sanitizers and disinfectants, but mostly just stocking up on their usual. People aren’t necessarily panicking like you see in the grocery stores. I think they’re looking to us for a sense of normalcy. They want to make sure they can still have that glass of wine with dinner.”
White says Bremer’s is working with their distributors to make sure its shelves are fully stocked.