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‘Walmart of liquor’ fighting for store in Westchester County

An epic battle over cheap booze is coming to a head in Westchester County — and it’s slated to land in court next month. Total Wine & More — a fast-growing chain of nearly 200 stores across 23 states that’s been branded by critics as a ruthless “Walmart of liquor” — is appealing a decision by the New York State Liquor Authority to reject its application for a 21,000-square-foot store near White Plains. The case is being closely watched by booze sellers in New York City, who fear that Total Wine’s rock-bottom pricing could threaten their business across the five boroughs if the company prevails, sources said. A 750-ml bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon costs $23.99 at Total Wine’s store in Westbury, LI — its only sto ...