The Union Recorder

Local News

July 25, 2012

Retailers wait and see on Sunday sales

MILLEDGEVILLE — Sunday alcohol sales referendums are inching closer for city and county residents, but local package retailers are taking a wait and see approach.

Legislation enacted last year at the state level allows Georgia communities the option of voting to continue a Sunday ban on alcohol sales or to eliminate the ban in their cities and counties. Several local governments added a Sunday sales referendum to the ballot last November and more have followed suit this year.

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

Baldwin County and City of Milledgeville officials recently discussed the issue. County Commissioners passed a resolution last week authorizing a referendum to allow package sales on Sunday by retailers of package malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits. The ballot question asks if the county shall be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday packaged alcohol sales between the hours of 12:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Milledgeville City Council passed a similar referendum Tuesday evening. Convenience, grocery and package stores will be affected by the change should it be approved by voters in the city and county.

Roc's Liquor Store owner Roc Patel doesn't like the Sunday idea and cited staffing concerns. Finding people to work the extra hours could prove troublesome.

Patel said his customers are used to buying alcohol on Saturdays and he predicts a low Sunday sales volume.

The referendum would give package retailers the option to open, but all agree they need to see how things pan out before deciding to stay open during Sunday hours.

Package store owners want to wait and see the true impact if the Sunday ban is lifted before making final verdict.

“I'm willing to satisfy the customer's needs. I'm going with the flow pretty much,” Roc Patel said. “If it happens, it happens. I'm not going to push for Sunday sales.”

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN