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Total Wine Dallas Faces Federal Trade Commission Investigation

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The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Total Wine for antitrust violations.

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Total Wine & More, a popular retailer of fine wine, spirits, and beer, is facing scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for possible antitrust violations. The FTC has requested documentation from Total Wine as part of an ongoing investigation into the company's business practices. This news has sent shockwaves through the wine industry, as Total Wine is known for its extensive selection and competitive pricing.

The FTC's investigation comes on the heels of a similar probe into Southern Glazer, the largest distributor of wine and spirits in the U.S. The FTC has filed for a federal court order to force Total Wine to comply with requests for documentation, indicating that the investigation is ramping up.

Total Wine's acquisition of Lukas Fine Wine & Spirits' Stateline store in Washington has also raised eyebrows in the industry. The move has expanded Total Wine's reach and solidified its position as a major player in the retail liquor market.

Despite these legal challenges, Total Wine continues to expand its operations. The company recently opened a new store in Florida, further cementing its status as America's largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits, and beer.

Total Wine's founder, David Trone, is no stranger to controversy. Trone's aggressive business tactics have helped him turn Total Wine into a powerhouse in the industry. Now, as he sets his sights on a US Senate bid, Trone is facing even more scrutiny.

In Texas, where Total Wine has a strong presence, liquor stores are subject to strict regulations. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code mandates that liquor stores close on Sundays and holidays, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. This has created a sense of urgency for Texans who want to stock up on their favorite drinks for the upcoming holiday season.

As the clock ticks down to 2024, Total Wine customers in Dallas and beyond are eager to see how the company will navigate these legal challenges. Will Total Wine emerge unscathed, or will the FTC's investigation lead to significant changes in the industry?

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