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November 19, 2013

Move to new warehouse snarls alcohol deliveries

State commission vows improvement

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“There was a bump or two, where things might have been a little behind,” Mastroianni said. “But I feel they did a really good job doing it as easy as possible for local suppliers, especially considering the magnitude of what they did.”

Joe LaRocca, president of Horizon Beverage Company, is one of the largest wine distributors in New Hampshire. He said things have gotten smoother since the beginning of the month.

“It’s been continuous improvement,” he said. “But I spent (yesterday) in some state liquor stores and pretty much everything was fully stocked with some great displays.”

Earlier this month, LaRocca said, he hand delivered some of his products to Exel in Bow.

“We had received a call from a restaurant who was having trouble getting something,” he said. “So, I got in my car and personally delivered 10 cases of wine to the facility. The restaurant called a couple days later and they were able to get what they wanted.”

For Day, problems still exist.

“This is huge because we are right in the midst of the holiday season,” he said. “It’s the worst timing ever.”

Mollica said the timing was coincidental and no time would be ideal to make such a big change.

“I don’t think there really is any good time to make a logistic move of this period,” he said. “We are in the retail business. We are just trying to make this as seamless as possible.”

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