City of Houston opts to change alcohol sales rules to help in 'food deserts'


For years, alcohol sales have been banned within 300 feet of churches, public schools, or public hospitals. Now, large grocery stores will be able to sell beer and wine anywhere in city limits.

The idea, council members say, is to provide incentive for companies to open stores in low income areas.

Houston has many neighborhoods without easy access to grocery stores. The city estimates 440, 000 Houston area residents live in what's called a 'food desert.'

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