Supermarket chains in Texas are trying to change laws governing the sale of alcohol in 106 cities, which straddle either totally or partially dry counties.

Residents in these cities are currently denied the option to hold an election about whether they have the right to buy alcohol in supermarkets.

However, major retail chains, are now putting pressure behind voter rights legislation in Austin, Texas to try to get the law changed. "If we can't sell beer and wine, often we can't make the return on our investment, and so we don't build the store," Gary Huddleston, vice president in Kroger's Texas division, told the Dallas Morning News.

Bills, which would result in a change in the law, are currently being considered in the Texas legislature. The dispute has become a popular issue now that populations in the sprawling suburbs of Texan towns have grown large enough to sustain new supermarkets.