Paying more than $1 million in fines sounds like a bad scenario for any business.
But in New York state’s case alleging illegal activity by Wegmans Food Markets and five affiliated liquor stores, it could get worse.
State Liquor Authority commissioners issued stern warnings to the big Rochester-based grocery chain and the five stores operated by various Wegmans family members during a Nov. 19 agency board meeting to assess the fines.
“Next time there will be licenses taken,” SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley said at one point during the meeting held at SLA’s New York City offices. He told the lawyer for Wegmans markets: “This only goes up from here, exponentially next time.”