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Whole Foods Serving Beer, Wine to Customers



    Sipping While Shopping a Hit at D.C. Grocery Store

    There's a new national trend to allow shoppers to sip beer and wine while they peruse the aisles of grocery stores. News4's Tom Sherwood visited one of the first markets in our area to give it a try. (Published Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013)

    The Whole Foods in the Tenleytown section of northwest Washington tries to create a comfortable mood for its shoppers seeking ready-to-eat foods along with all sorts of products to focus on your well-being anytime of the day, but in recent weeks, the grocery has gone a step further.

    The store now has an on-site license to sell beer and wines by the glass that shoppers can take with them throughout the store, and it's a big hit.

    Whole Foods spokeswoman Meg McGarry said stores in D.C. are offering the new service that's catching on around the nation.

    “So this is just one more thing we can add to a line of customer services,” she said.

    But what about the danger of shoppers getting too tipsy?

    “Our bartenders are trained just like any other bartender would be, very mindful of what our customers are consuming,” McGarry said.