With the state’s economy reopening, North Carolinians are buying up the supply of alcohol and creating a shortage. The Charlotte Observer reports that alcohol is “just nowhere” to be had in the state. Catherine Muccigrosso reports:
Charlotte area restaurants and bars are reporting outages of popular booze brands like Patron tequila, Ciroc, Ketel One and Tito’s vodkas, and Malibu rum amid a global liquor shortage leaving business owners scrambling to stock their shelves.
At Picasso’s Sports Cafe in University City, Don Julio and other tequilas, and Jameson Irish Whiskey and Crown Royal whisky are out of stock.
“Some have been impossible to get,” said manager Ken Morgan. He said it’s been hard to stock tequila for several months but it’s grown worse in the last month. Fortunately, Morgan said, other types of liquor are available.
“We may not always have their first choice but we make sure to have a wide variety of choices,” he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the supply chain issues in several industries from meats to materials like glass, and worker shortages, as more people get vaccinated and life gets back to normal.
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