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Church takes on Walmart over alcohol sales

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POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Pine Grove Baptist Church has been here 62 years, according to the building's cornerstone. The Walmart Supercenter, less than 600 feet away, is a relative newcomer. 

Now the two neighbors are locked in a battle over beer and wine. Walmart can't sell it because a Cobb County ordinance disallows such sales within 600 feet of a church.

The church's influence does not extend to a convenience store which is just outside the 600 foot perimeter -- and sells wine and beer.

Now customers and churchgoers are weighing in as Walmart asks Cobb County for a waiver.

"Over and over our customers complain that they have to go across the parking lot to a gas station to buy their beer or wine," Walmart said in the waiver. "We are asking that we be able to compete fairly..."

Some Walmart customers says the separation of church and libation makes perfect sense.

Monday is frequently a day of rest in the church business, and we were unable to reach church officials. 

But the church's influence inside the 600-foot perimeter will be tested on Tuesday, when Walmart's appeal goes to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

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