Fearing lockdown, tipplers in Hyderabad go into stocking mode

Recalling the problems they faced due to non-availability of stock when the first phase of lockdown was announced, many liquor lovers this time around are not taking any chance and are buying extra stock from the nearest wine shop

By Author  |  Published: 1st Jul 2020  12:03 amUpdated: 30th Jun 2020  11:01 pm
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Customers queue up outside a liquor store in Banjara Hills on Tuesday. —Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: With the possibility of another lockdown looming large, tipplers are busy stocking up liquor in the city.

Recalling the problems they faced due to non-availability of stock when the first phase of lockdown was announced, many liquor lovers this time around are not taking any chance and are buying extra stock from the nearest wine shop.

In spite of facing financial problems due to the month end, many are pooling in money to ensure enough stock so that another lockdown won’t leave them with parched throats like last time.

Wine shop owners said the demand for liquor was usual during the last few weeks, but things changed when the news came that the government was planning another lockdown.

A majority of customers are buying Royal Stag, Blenders Pride, Mansion House and Signature among other whisky brands rather than beer, which is usually the season’s favourite here. Shopkeepers say some were also stocking up on different vodka brands.

Shopkeepers are also getting more stock from the depots of the Telangana State Beverages Corporation Limited (TSBCL), which supplies liquor to shops across the State, after placing indents to meet the requirements of the customers.

Telangana Wine Dealers Association president D Venkateswara Rao said there was no panic buying, but many were purchasing additional stock believing that the wine shops could be closed when the lockdown was imposed once again in the city.

Most shops are witnessing brisk sales after 7 pm. Wine shops in the State were closed during the first phase of lockdown from March 25 and were re-opened on May 6.


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