COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kroger Co. is among the retailers seeking licenses to sell liquor as the Buckeye State eliminates state-run liquor stores. Kroger opened an 800-square-foot liquor department in its store in the Cincinnati suburb of Hyde Park in late February. It also operates a liquor department in its Blue Ash, Ohio, location. Ohio is scheduled to complete its shift from state-run to privately run liquor stores by June 1997. The stores only sell hard liquor and spirits, not beer, wine or ...

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