Monday Green Bay’s Protection and Policy Committee met to discuss whether an ordinance that would allow residents to order alcohol online should be reconsidered.
The curbside pickup ordinance was originally rejected by the city council, but area grocers are asking the council to think again.
Click and Collect is a growing trend that allows shoppers to order items online and pick them up from the store – sometimes without leaving the comfort of their car.
Initially the council said there were already enough ways for people to obtain alcohol and this was just another unnecessary way.
But now that they have input from businesses they might change their tune.
“It’s not only to stay ahead of the curve, but it’s also offering a convenience to our shoppers,” says Bill Story, director of wine and spirits for Festival. “The guests that have small kids, elderly, it’s just a great way to do shopping and not have to worry about as much.”
“I think now that we’ve got some backing from some businesses stepping up and giving us their viewpoint and we’ve had some time to really settle in with the idea, I think the majority will support it,” says councilman Randy Scannel.
Stores in Green Bay like Walmart and Festival have expressed interest in pushing curbside alcohol pick-up forward and the Protection and Policy Committee acknowledges it as another way to shop.
“Alcohol is an issue in the city, it’s something we need to be aware of and be cognizant of,” says Scannel. “I think this is a model, but not so much as to consumption as just a change of the mode. Instead of people going into the grocery store, which we have no problem with, they’re doing it online which we shouldn’t have a problem with.”
The ordinance says the purchase of alcohol has to be completed on the premises and must be verified by I.D. which is something this store director says they’re ready to do.
“As long as we’re doing what we should be doing on our end and I.D. checking, auditing, the systems are in place like it should be, we should be just fine,” says Story.
De Pere implemented its curbside pickup ordinance September 4th this year.
Their city attorney said so far it hasn’t presented any issues, but it’s still early to tell how successful Click and Collect truly is.
Green Bay’s ordinance will be presented at city council next Tuesday, December 4.