Bemidji City Liquor Stores Will Remain Closed On Sundays


DENY DENNIS WEIMANN WITH THE NEWS, STACY CHRISTENSON WITH THE WEATHER AND COLLIN TALBERT WITH YOUR SPORTS.>>Dennis: HI, THANKS FOR WATCHING TONIGHT.>>>IT LOOKS LIKE THE MINNESOTA JOSH PETERSON WAS AT TONIGHT’S WORK SESSION WHERE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS LOOKED AT THE POSSIBILITIES.>>WE WANT TO BE OPEN AND HOW LONG ON SUNDAY.>>WITH OVER ONE MONTH AWAY FROM SUN LIQUOR SALES. IT WAS PLACED BEFORE THE BEMIDJI CITY COUNCIL. WITH SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE, THE CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR WOULD NOT RECOMMEND SUNDAY SALES FOR CITY OWNED LIQUOR STORES.>>IT WOULD NOT ADD TO THE BOTTOM LINE, AND WE ARE RECOMMENDING TO COUNCIL THAT THEY NOT OPEN ON SUNDAY.>>Josh: CITY OF BEMIDJI HAD THREE OPTIONS AND THE FIRST IS TO REMAIN CLOSED AND THE SECOND IS TO BE OPEN FOR THE HOURS STATED IN THE NEW LAW FROM 11:00 A.M. UNTIL 6:00 P.M., AND THE THIRD OPTION INCLUDES BEING OPEN FOR A REDUCED AMOUNT OF TIME ON SUNDAY. FOR SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS NOT BEING OPEN ON SUNDAY COULD BE A BIG RISK. IT COULD BE A BIG DEAL FOR US, TOO. AND THIS COULD BE AN OPEN MARKET.>>Josh: KEVIN FENNER WHO OVERSEAS THE LIQUOR DEPARTMENT, WHILE IT MAY BE OPEN A FEW SUNDAYS, IT MAY NOT SUSTAIN ITSELF.>>I JUST DON’T SEE THAT IT’S — YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE SALES, BUT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STOP AND SEE IT.>>Josh: IT’S UNCLEAR IF PRIVATELY OWNED LIQUOR STORES OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS WILL BE OPEN ON SUNDAYS, AND IF THEY DO CITIES COULD LOSE SALES BY STAYING CLOSED.>>I THINK AT THAT POINT YOU HAVE TO RECONSIDER.>>ANOTHER CITY OF SIMILAR SIZE TO BEMIDJI WAS MIEWNSAL STORES, AND DETROIT LAKES DECIDED TO ALTER SALES, AND HE EXPECTS THE UP TICK IN SALES REVENUE FOR HAVING THE LIQUOR STORE OPEN ON SUNDAYS WILL MORE THAN COMPENSATE THE EXPENSE OF KEEPING IT STAFFED 7 DAYS A WEEK. SHE’S NOT CONVINCED SUNDAY SALES WILL WORK.>>I DON’T SEE IT BECAUSE IF I’M IN BUSINESS, THINKING WHAT’S GOING TO INCREASE MY THOUGHT IN LIFE, AND I’M CONVINCED THIS WILL DO IT.>>IN BEMIDJI, JOSH PETERSON, LAKELAND NEWS.>>Dennis: COUNCIL MEMBERS MICHAEL WHEELHOUSE AND ROGER ERICKSON WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE MEETING. THEY CAN CHOOSE TO OPEN LIQUOR

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