Hy-Vee to Begin Same-Day Alcohol Delivery to Homes in Metro Omaha and Lincoln Soon | Money
By Chris Peters Editor of the World-Herald
Hy-Vee plans to deliver alcohol to homes in Omaha and Lincoln as it seeks to expand its grocery delivery service by opening a new distribution center in Sarpy County.
But the head of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission has a few questions for the Des Moines-based grocery chain before it starts delivering six-packs and booze.
Bruce Bailey, chairman of the three-member liquor board, said that among the questions were how will Hy-Vee delivery people check to make sure buyers are old enough to buy liquor?
Overall, Bailey said he would like to see the convenience of beer and liquor deliveries, and it appears state law allows it, “but there are some issues we need to fix.”
On Wednesday, the Liquor Commission presented Hy-Vee’s plan to begin providing alcohol deliveries. The committee asked the company to develop a memorandum of understanding on how it would handle such deliveries.
The chain hopes to reach an agreement with the commission before its new distribution center opens in June, Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tina Potthoff said. If approved, any customer who can currently have groceries delivered to the Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs areas will also be able to order alcohol. The person delivering the alcohol will be required to verify that the customer presents an ID providing proof of age.