The Union Recorder

December 1, 2012

Sunday sales begin this weekend

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville have an extra day to purchase packaged alcohol. The ordinance goes into effect today making Sunday, Dec. 2 the first day to legally purchase malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits from local retailers.

Sales are permitted from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sundays.

Beverage Depot's Tom Myers thinks allowing Sunday sales will spike Baldwin's revenues at first but will even out after a few months.

Gil's Package Store owner Andy Patel plans to open on Sundays, though he isn't thrilled. Patel said he would have to analyze the numbers to see if the doors need to stay open the extra day.

Hiring staff means more overhead for local package stores. All agree on staffing concerns.

Roc's Liquor Store owner Roc Patel said he wouldn't open this Sunday because of the Christmas parade. Having the additional day cuts into family and church time for the owner.

Losing money with overhead is a concern for Roc as well.

Roc said sales would drop once football season ends, though he expects good business around July 4th and the end of the summer.

He added customers who forgot to buy alcohol earlier in the week could use the extra convenience for a last minute party.

Hop-In Foodstore's Raj Patel said Sunday alcohol sales are no good for his business. Raj expects slower Saturday sales that are usually bulky.

On April 28, 2011, legislation was signed allowing local Georgia communities the option of voting to continue a Sunday ban on alcohol-sales or to eliminate it in their cities and counties.

The majority of local governments have since voted to lift the ban, including nearby Bibb and Putnam counties.

The Sunday sales referendum passed with more than 65 percent of the Baldwin County vote in the November General Election. Convenience, grocery and package stores will be affected by the change.