It may be time to stock up your liquor cabinet for the holidays now. Starting November 1st Arrow Wines & Spirits will join with the majority of local liquor stores and add a surcharge to liquor purchased with a credit or debit card. Mif Frank explains, We’re one of the last stores to pass on the cost of the credit cards to the consumer. We didn’t want to do it but with the rising cost of health care and other operational costs, the 5% commission we make on bottles less the 2-3% credit card charges leaves us only 2% profit and we just can’t run our business on that. That charge will only be on hard liquor, not beer, wine or low proof bottles.”
In checking with other stores in the area, Miami Valley Wine & Liquor charges 50 cents per bottle, Belmont Party Supply charges 3%, Liquor & Wine Warhouse charges 3% and Air City says it’s 50 cents per order. So start carrying cash or get used to paying a higher price for your booze.