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Shipt announces start of alcohol delivery in Alabama

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Shipt, the Birmingham-based grocery delivery service, announced on Tuesday that it will now start same-day delivery of beer and wine from Target, marking the beginning of alcohol delivery in the state.

“We’re thrilled to bring alcohol delivery to Shipt’s home state just in time for the holiday season,” said Rina Hurst, chief business officer for Shipt, in a press release.

“We’ve heard consistently from customers across Alabama how much they value getting groceries and household essentials they need delivered by Shipt, but that they’d like the option of having alcohol along with the rest of their order,” Hurst said.

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed and Gov. Kay Ivey signed a new law allowing the home delivery of beer, wine and spirits. The law went into effect Oct. 1 but delivery services had to apply for licenses through the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

Retail stores, manufacturers and third-party businesses who want to deliver certain amounts of alcohol can apply. Those seeking an alcohol delivery license have to pay a $100 application fee and a license fee of $250.

ABC spokesman Daniel Dye told Alabama Daily News that some other companies now approved to deliver alcohol in the state include Dippi, Pick Up My Things and Deerfoot Spirits.

Shipt also said it plans to continue expanding alcohol delivery to additional retailers over time.

Shipt workers who deliver orders containing alcohol will complete a certification program that covers topics like identifying underage individuals, intoxicated persons and fake or altered identification.

The law limits the amount of beer that could be delivered per customer per day to the equivalent of 120 12-ounce beers, 12 standard bottles of wine or 12 standard bottles of liquor. Restaurants are allowed to sell 375 mL alcoholic drinks, which amounts to 12 ounces, for patrons for home delivery along with meals.

A person 21 and older must be present to receive the delivery and orders could not be made in dry counties or municipalities. Delivery is prohibited at any residence halls on university or college properties.

Alcohol may only be delivered during hours when it can be sold under general law. Meanwhile, delivery services must report the total amount of beer, wine and alcohol they deliver to customers each year.

Alabama residents can visit to see if same-day delivery of alcohol is available in their area.

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