In 1991, brothers David and Robert Trone opened a store named Liquor World in Claymont, Delaware. During the 1990s, Liquor World locations grew along the East Coast.
In 1998, the brothers acquired Total Beverage, rebranding those locations as Total Wine.
Total Wine is a privately owned liquor and beer selling company with some of the lowest prices anywhere.
In fact, their low prices were sometimes a problem. Connecticut has state laws that prohibit selling alcohol below state-mandated set pricing. Total Wine was fined $37,500 in 2016 for selling below the state minimum price.
As of January 2022, Total Wine had 229 stores in 27 states. It conducts online sales in 14 states that allow online alcohol sales.
In mid-March 2020, the company announced a $2-per-hour pay raise for its store employees amid the coronavirus pandemic in “recognition of the hard work [they] were doing”; in April, the company ended the pay increase because of “trends in the business and external environment”.
In January 2022, the company donated $20,380 to the Anton Art Center in Maryland.
Total Wine and More maintains a corporate office in Bethesda, Maryland.