Walmart locations across the country, outside of Texas, have been able to sell liquor in their stores for years, but now the chain of stores could be adding Texas locations to that list.

According to, an industry association representing Texas liquor stores says it will appeal a federal ruling that could open the door for Walmart to sell liquor by the bottle in Texas.

A U.S. District Judge ruled Tuesday in favor of a constitutional challenge to the TABC by Walmart Stores Inc. who had licenses refused for liquor sales in the Texas chain of stores.

Walmart argued that the license restrictions, some of which dated back to the end of Prohibition, were an unconstitutional discrimination.

Texas Package Stores Association CEO Lance Lively said the ruling was disappointing and undermines decades of Texas law regulating the sale of liquor.

The association is appealing the lawsuit to back the state's restrictions and will continue to fight for family-owned liquor stores against large corporate stores.



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