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Old 07-13-2019, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default New Hampshire State Liquor Stores

So I was having an interesting conversation with my spouse this morning about remembering the days when you went into one of the NH State Liquor Stores, stood at the front of the counter, and told the clerk exactly what you wanted to buy. He/she would then disappear behind the counter for a few minutes and miraculously reappear with your order for which you then paid for in cash or check (credit cards? Gosh no!). They called them full service Liquor Stores.

The stores I remember specifically were in Pittsfield and Wolfeboro, but it was the exact same way all over the state, as well as the State of Maine.

In any event, I am wondering how many folks out there remember this?

Also, out of curiosity, does anyone know if any of these full service liquor stores still exist in the State of New Hampshire or have all of them been phased out and replaced with self service? I am thinking that one or two may still exist somewhere in the state where expansion space is tight or not feasible.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:56 AM   #2
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There was one in Laconia where Sunflower is currently. They did not have wine back then and limited number of high end liquor. There was three people waiting on customers. They knew everyone in town by name!
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:31 PM   #3
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Just an FYI. They are running a sale til 7/26. Spend 150.00 get a 25.00 gift card


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Old 07-13-2019, 03:01 PM   #4
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There was a time when everything was full service. Now it seems like you are the employee and you pay more for the aggravation of doing everything your self, including check out. Every business is going that way, DYI whether you want to or not.

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Old 07-13-2019, 03:54 PM   #5
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Default NH Liquor Stores

I remember going with my father to the liquor store in Wolfeboro Falls and it was exactly as you describe it. Seems to me it was a limited selection with essentially no display area, only a small, stand up desk to write on. It didn't take the State long to figure out that they could make a ton of money by going into the DIY business and greatly expanding the display area, and keep in control all at the same time.
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My parents would go into the liquor store in Wolfeboro Falls while we kids would go to the Post Office across the parking lot to pick up our mail. No PO Box, we would just ask the clerk for our mail. (1960 thru 1975?). There was also a moccasin store (Minnetonkas?) next to the PO.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:34 PM   #7
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I remember going with my father to the liquor store in Wolfeboro Falls and it was exactly as you describe it. Seems to me it was a limited selection with essentially no display area, only a small, stand up desk to write on. It didn't take the State long to figure out that they could make a ton of money by going into the DIY business and greatly expanding the display area, and keep in control all at the same time.
almost all stores were like that. the supermarket concept was a big novelty originally and took a while to catch on.

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The old liquor store in Meredith I think was the full service type. I think it's the napa now, just north of the light on the right
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:29 PM   #8
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That was the way all the State liquor stores were back in the day. There was a large poster board with the various items and maybe a code. You filled out a slip, took it to the counter and the clerks went out back to fill your order. My recollection was that the stores were all painted green, hence the phrase “going to Dr. Green’s”, often used in the presence of children.😎
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It has been a while since I have been there, but Young’s Store in Pittsburgh, NH was an “Agency” liquor store, meaning that there were a few aisles dedicated to the sale of hard liquor. Seems the State did not want to invest in its own store.
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Default I believe in Massachusetts...

The neighboring southern State...

They're called "package stores"...
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The neighboring southern State...

They're called "package stores"...
Hey hun...I’m takin da caah tada PACKIE...howya fixed fa booooze?
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Hey hun...I’m takin da caah tada PACKIE...howya fixed fa booooze?
Just a brown paper bag...
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I was about 8 or 9, when they opened the store in Nashua near what is now exit 2. My parents and neighbors were talking about how it was a super-market for liquor.
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It has been a while since I have been there, but Young’s Store in Pittsburgh, NH was an “Agency” liquor store, meaning that there were a few aisles dedicated to the sale of hard liquor. Seems the State did not want to invest in its own store.
Young’s does in fact still sell liquor! It’s a great store! Always a must stop when visiting the north woods!

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Remember the supermarkets with the grocery trolley? They would bag your groceries and put them on the trolley to an employee outside who would put them in your car when you drove up with your ticket.
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I remember driving into a warehouse, give a guy a list of what you want, including beer and wine. As you drive through the warehouse he stock your car that's on the list. At the end of the building was the cashier! Talk about convenience! This was over near Lake Erie.
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Remember the supermarkets with the grocery trolley? They would bag your groceries and put them on the trolley to an employee outside who would put them in your car when you drove up with your ticket.
That is now called "Hannaford to Go" You order on line, drive up, somebody brings out your order takes payment and you drive off.
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That is now called "Hannaford to Go" You order on line, drive up, somebody brings out your order takes payment and you drive off.
Even little Harvest Market in Wolfeboro has that now. You can call ahead and they will bring your order out to you when you call after you arrive.
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Remember going to the Nashua state store in the 60s. with my dad. I was around 10 and went to pick up the bag. Big no-no I was told by the clerk. Funny what you remember. I can remember that but not what I had for breakfast
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I went to a liquor store in MA with my 27 year old son (I’ll grant he looks young) who had forgotten his wallet (funny how that happens). When we went to check out he picks up a bottle and hands it to me. The clerk asked him for his ID, which he didn’t have. Since he didn’t have it the clerk wouldn’t sell me the booze. We walked out leave about $200 in beer & wine in the cart.


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I went to a liquor store in MA with my 27 year old son (I’ll grant he looks young) who had forgotten his wallet (funny how that happens). When we went to check out he picks up a bottle and hands it to me. The clerk asked him for his ID, which he didn’t have. Since he didn’t have it the clerk wouldn’t sell me the booze. We walked out leave about $200 in beer & wine in the cart.

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My daughter just turned 21, looking young and attractive! She wanted to buy booze for her 21 party at a 'packie' in Boston. She came out and looks disappointed. She wanted to show the guy she was 21 and was never carded!
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I went to a liquor store in MA with my 27 year old son (I’ll grant he looks young) who had forgotten his wallet (funny how that happens). When we went to check out he picks up a bottle and hands it to me. The clerk asked him for his ID, which he didn’t have. Since he didn’t have it the clerk wouldn’t sell me the booze. We walked out leave about $200 in beer & wine in the cart.
Walmarts in New Hampshire will do the same thing, if a younger looking person puts/brings alcohol up to the register and tries to have it purchased by a parent or adult, unless the younger looking person has the ID ....... they won't allow a sale to either.
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I went to a liquor store in MA with my 27 year old son (I’ll grant he looks young) who had forgotten his wallet (funny how that happens). When we went to check out he picks up a bottle and hands it to me. The clerk asked him for his ID, which he didn’t have. Since he didn’t have it the clerk wouldn’t sell me the booze. We walked out leave about $200 in beer & wine in the cart.


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Just send him out to the car and go to a different checkout line.


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Doesn’t work that way in a one check out store.


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Doesn’t work that way in a one check out store.


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