A Not-so Bubbly New Year's
State shut down wine kiosks due to mechanical glitches
New Year's Eve revelers received a rude awakening last week when the state Liquor Control Board shut down every newfangled wine vending machine in Pennsylvania.
The 35 Pronto Wine Kiosks, including one at the Shop 'n Save in Raceway Plaza, were taken out of service to correct a problem in which some machines in other parts of the state did not properly dispense the bubbly.
That shutdown came at possibly the worst time of the year with the upcoming New Year's holiday. A sign at the Shop 'n Save vending machine in Scott Township declares that the "Kiosk Will Reopen Early 2011."
Before the shutdown of the Shop 'n Save vending machine, the kiosk had sold nearly 200 bottles of wine, according to the PLCB.
Store manager Wade Melhorn said the PLCB has told them that the machines should be fixed and reactivated in early January, but no definitive date has been given. Melhorn said the kiosk hasn't attracted new customers, but the novelty has been a welcome surprise to shoppers.
"I just think they notice when they go by," Melhorn said. "It's probably more of an impulse buy than anything once they know we have them."