Will Liquor Stores Open on Sundays?

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

Christina Chaneler manages Van's Package store in Dothan. She said customers coming in on Wednesday wanted more than just alcohol.

“They’re coming in asking, you know, if we're going to be open and how late and all that,” she said.

Now that Sunday alcohol sales passed, she said they plan to stay open. Chaneler will take on the anticipated Sunday shift.

“I don’t know how late we're going to stay open yet, but we're going to open up at 1:00 p.m.,” she said.

The law will allow stores to sell alcohol from 1:00 p.m. until midnight on Sundays. Other vendors in the area jumped on board.

“It’s going to increase the revenue in my business and increase tax revenue in the county and city too,” said Rakesskumar Patel of Basket of Cheer.

Vendors believed timing might contribute to that revenue, since football season is around the corner.

“Football season is definitely going to impact the sales on Sundays,” said Chaneler.

Patel said, “College football people get the alcohol on Saturday. Now NFL people can get it too, on Sunday.”

One of the reasons supporters voted for the referendum was to keep people at home watching the games, instead of out driving.

Some stores will not follow suit and will remain closed on Sundays. The law will go into effect August 18th.

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