(1) Retailers Not to Combine. No combination of retailers shall be permitted to purchase merchandise in the name of one (1) retailer and subsequently distribute merchandise which they have purchased in combination with each other to any one of the combination and no retailer shall be permitted to transfer goods from one to another. If any member of the combination is found to have violated this regulation, every member shall likewise be deemed to have violated this regulation, and it shall also be a violation for the wholesale distributor to furnish merchandise to any combination of retail dealers.
(2) Living Quarters Prohibited. No part of the licensed premises occupied by a liquor store shall be used as living quarters by any person.
(3) Drinking In or On Premises Prohibited. No retail licensee or his employee shall consume alcoholic beverages or permit alcoholic beverages to be consumed within publicly accessible areas of the retail establishment. Employee-only tastings are authorized to be conducted on the retail premises as authorized by T.C.A. § 57-3-404(h). Alcoholic beverages used for employee-only tastings/education must be properly identified as such and proper documentation from the wholesaler must be maintained on the premises. Notwithstanding this provision, all open alcohol being used for employee tastings/education must be removed within seven (7) days of the wholesaler documentation. No licensee or his employee shall engage in the sale of alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises while under the influence of intoxicants or drugs.
(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3) of this rule, a retail package store may conduct tastings pursuant to T.C.A. § 57-3-404(h).
(5) Operation of a Licensee. Every retail licensee shall register and designate on its application one or more persons as managers of the retail operation. All managers of retail licensees shall submit to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission a completed questionnaire within one (1) week of assuming such duties. Such person may be the licensee, if the licensee is an individual. The designated manager or managers of the licensee shall be either the owner or a full-time employee of the licensee and shall not be an employee of any other licensee nor shall such be a consultant, advisor, or provide any services to any other licensee. Only the licensee, if an individual, or the designated manager or managers may engage in any of the following activities:
(a) Select, order, or price inventory,
(b) Employ or discharge the employees of the retail establishment,
(c) Approve advertising, marketing programs of the licensee.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0100-03-.15
Original paragraphs (11) and (13) certified by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission June 7, 1974. Original paragraph (2) certified by the Department of Revenue June 7, 1974. Amendment filed August 3, 1979, Disapproved by G.O.C. December 13, 1979; filed December 4, 1979, Disapproval Hearing Notice filed March 13, 1980; Approved by G.O.C. April 8, 1980. Amendment by Public Chapter 261; effective July 1, 1983. Amendment filed August 18, 1998; effective December 29, 1998. Repeal and new rules filed March 10, 2010; effective June 8, 2010. Repeal and new rules filed January 25, 2019; to have become effective April 25, 2019. However, the Government Operations Committee filed a 60-day stay of the effective date of the rules; new effective date 6/24/2019.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 57-132, 57-136, 57-1-209, 57-3-104, 57-3-204, 57-3-212, 57-3-221, 57-3-404, 57-818, 67-101, and Chapter 707, Public Acts of 1974, § 1.

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