The shop apparently owes New York State $3.1 million in unpaid sales taxes, according to James Gazzale of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, who says they can seize the business if Sherry-Lehmann doesn’t pay. Additionally, an unnamed source told the New York Post (which first broke this story) that “suppliers are now forcing [Sherry-Lehmann] to wire them the money because their checks were bouncing.”
Like a lot of retailers, Sherry-Lehmann was hit hard during the pandemic. In June 2020, the company’s chief executive told the Post they weren’t selling enough cases to justify revenue losses from cost-conscious consumers switching to cheaper wine brands.
The Better Business Bureau website shows five complaints since September, with customers reporting they had made online orders but never received their items (after years in some cases). Many of these customers also state the business has failed to address their complaints.
According to Patch, the most recent lawsuit against the business was filed on Wednesday “from a customer who claims that the store beginning in 2019 failed to deliver wine worth a grand total of $801,000.”
We called Sherry-Lehmann for comment but gave up after being on hold for over 30 minutes. The shop’s listed hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.