(a) It is unlawful for any person in this state to buy any alcoholic beverages herein defined from any person, who, to the knowledge of the buyer, does not hold the appropriate license under the laws of this state authorizing the sale of such beverages to the buyer.

(b) No retailer shall purchase any alcoholic beverages from anyone other than a licensed wholesaler, nor shall any wholesaler sell any alcoholic beverages to anyone other than a licensed retailer, or a licensed wholesaler; provided, that such alcoholic beverages sold by one (1) wholesaler to another wholesaler shall be transported by common carrier or by vehicle owned or leased and operated by either the consignor wholesaler or the consignee wholesaler.

(c) No manufacturer or distiller shall sell any alcoholic beverages to any person in this state except a licensed wholesaler and to another manufacturer or distiller, and no manufacturer shall hold a wholesaler’s license.

(d) (1) No alcoholic beverage for sale to the retailer, or the retailer’s representative, shall be sold except by a licensed wholesaler, who sells for resale on the wholesaler’s premises and who carries on no other business, directly or indirectly, and whose wholesale business in alcoholic beverages is not operated as an adjunct to, or supplementary to, the business of any other person, either by way of lease of the wholesale premises or otherwise, for any business other than that permitted by the terms of such wholesaler’s wholesale license.

(2) Notwithstanding the limitations and restrictions imposed by this section, a wholesaler may invest its business assets in other businesses, and may engage in the sale and distribution of products other than alcoholic beverages; provided, that gross revenues from such other businesses and from the sale of products other than alcoholic beverages may not exceed fifty percent (50%) of a wholesaler’s total gross revenues. Nothing in this subdivision allows or authorizes a wholesaler to engage in activities covered by chapter 5 of this title.

(e) (1) No licensee shall sell intoxicating liquors at retail in connection with any wholesale business, or as a part of or in connection with any other business or in the same store where any other business is carried on.

(2) Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a licensee from cashing a check and other negotiable instrument, for a fee, when such service is made available only to a person over twenty-one (21) years of age, and when such service is conducted only on the premises of the licensee; provided, that no fee greater than three percent (3%) of the check shall be charged by any licensee or employee thereof; and provided further, that no postdated check may be cashed by a licensee or an employee thereof under the provisions of this section or any other law; and provided further, that any establishment assessing the charge above may not require a purchase of alcohol or products relating to alcohol as a condition for cashing a check.

(f) No wholesale or retail store shall be located except on the ground floor, and it shall have one (1) main entrance opening on a public street, and such place of business shall have no other entrance for use by the public except as hereafter provided. When a wholesale or retail store is located on the corner of two (2) public streets, such wholesale or retail store may maintain a door opening on each of the public streets. Any sales room adjoining the lobby of a hotel or other public building may maintain an additional door into such lobby so long as same shall be open to the public. Every wholesale and retail store shall be provided with whatever entrances and exits may be required by existing or future municipal ordinances. When the location of a wholesale or retail liquor store is authorized to be located or operated within an established shopping center or shopping mall, and such liquor store cannot and does not have a main entrance or door opening onto a public street, but the main entrance or door would open or front on a shopping center parking area, the commission in its discretion may approve the issuance of a liquor license to cover such location within the shopping center or shopping mall, irrespective of the fact that the main entrance or door does not or would not open onto a public street.

(g) No holder of a license for the sale of alcoholic beverages for wholesale or retail shall sell, deliver, or cause, permit or procure to be sold or delivered, any alcoholic beverages on credit, except that holders of wholesale licenses may sell on not more than ten (10) days’ credit.

(h) No alcoholic beverages shall be sold for consumption on the premises of the seller except as provided in §§ 57-4-101 – 57-4-203, and except as may be permitted by the regulations of the commission for the purpose of conducting consumer educational seminars by a licensee under § 57-3-204, conducted on the premises of a business licensed pursuant to §§ 57-4-101 – 57-4-203. A wholesaler licensed pursuant to § 57-3-203 or a person holding a permit as a representative or sales person pursuant to § 57-3-203(d) may conduct a sales demonstration on the premises of a licensed retailer and, for such limited purpose, may provide free samples to the employees of a licensed retailer for consumption on such premises. A retail licensee may conduct such a sales demonstration for the persons employed by such licensee holding permits issued pursuant to § 57-3-204(c) using products and samples provided by a wholesaler or wholesaler sales representative notwithstanding the absence of the wholesaler or wholesaler sales representative. All such sales demonstrations permitted consumption shall be permitted only for sales, education, and promotional purposes and no one other than a retail licensee, a person holding a permit issued pursuant to § 57-3-204(c), a wholesaler or a wholesaler sales representative, or a person holding a permit issued pursuant to § 57-3-202(d) may be present in the room where such demonstration is conducted or may receive a sample for consumption.

[Acts 1939, ch. 49, §§ 5, 11, 14; 1945, ch. 48, § 1; 1945, ch. 167, § 6; C. Supp. 1950, §§ 6648.15-6648.17 (Williams, §§ 6648.8, 6648.14, 6648.17); Acts 1955, ch. 347, § 1A; 1967, ch. 211, § 2; 1970, ch. 469, § 2; 1971, ch. 72, § 1; modified; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 57-140; Acts 1983, ch. 454, § 1; 1993, ch. 157, § 1; 1997, ch. 35, § 1; 1998, ch. 765, § 3; 2002, ch. 672, § 2.]