Euge - I meant anywhere in MO with a retail license can very easily get a license to sell liquor as well. Usually it's just convenience stores that bother with them, but there's no reason I couldn't get a liquor license for my tackle store. In fact I've thought about doing that, and tackle stores in other areas do just that. What that means is that every convenience and grocery store in the state sells beer, wine, and liquor of all strengths.
In CO independent liquor stores collectively have a monopoly on liquor and wine, and all beer over 3.2%ABW. Every few years someone tries to repeal that law. I've seen estimates that if grocery and convenience stores can sell full-strength beer and wine it would put about half the independent stores out of business basically immediately, and probably put another 1/4 out of business over the next few years.
The problem with Kroger or Target selling booze is that while it'd be really convenient and cheaper for customers, it'd be really bad news for microbreweries. If you're a brewery, and sell to Kroger in CO, you have to sell to all the Krogers in the district. It'd force moderately large microbreweries to use all their production capacity on their best selling beer, and the lack of independent liquor stores would put a lot of the smaller breweries out of business.
So you could look at CO's laws as either protecting an effective monopoly by small-businesses, or protecting independent stores from competition with national chains. I'm pro-small-business and pro-craft beer, so it never really bothered me. But I can see how a lot of people would have problems with that kind of anti-free-market protectionism. If you like BMC, you'd probably feel the same way about the anti-free-market protectionism that they're afforded.
But yeah, there's a lot of cronyism in politics in both states. Gov./former mayor of Denver Hickenlooper was an owner of Wynkoop Brewing Co, one of the oldest microbreweries in CO. In MO, and St. Louis specifically, A-B is a really big deal. I voted for Hickenlooper, so I guess cronyism doesn't bother me when it's cronyism to support things I like.