Liquor Stores, Customers Eagerly Anticipate First Sunday Sale


THE SUMMER FRIDAY TRAFFIC. TOMORROW IS THE FIRST DAY OF JULY. THAT IS THE DAY MANY NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT IN MINNESOTA. ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT CHANGES, SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES, JULY 2ND WILL BE THE FIRST DAY STORES CAN OPEN ON A SUNDAY IN GENERATIONS. STORES ARE GETTING READY FOR THE CHANGE. THE MAYOR IS LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS WITH HOW SOME BUSINESSES ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW LAW. GOOD MORNING, MARY. Reporter: GOOD MORNING, KIM. THE BIG DAY IS ALMOST HERE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES THIS SUNDAY FOLKS WON’T HAVE TO TAKE A ROAD TRIP OVER TO WISCONSIN TO BUY BOOZE ON SUNDAY. THIS HAPPENS JULY 2ND, SUNDAY, AND STARTING THEN LIQUOR STORES IN THE STATE CAN OPEN THEIR DOORS FOR BUSINESS FROM 11:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. WHICH ARE THE PERMITTED HOURS FOR SUNDAY SALES. IT TOOK LEGISLATORS DECADES TO GET THE VOTES NEEDED TO REPEAL THE BAN. THE MEASURE GOT AN EXTRA PUSH THIS YEAR FROM A BATCH OF NEW MORE SUPPORTIVE LEGISLATORS COMBINED WITH MORE THAN 40 RETURNING LAWMAKERS WHO CHANGED THEIR VOTES TO YES. MANY SMALL STORES OPPOSED THE BAN INITIALLY ARGUING THERE WOULDN’T BE ANY MAJOR INCREASE IN REVENUE AS SALES SPREAD OUT OVER 7 DAYS INSTEAD OF 6, BUT NOW THEY’RE EXCITED. THE SMALL BUSINESSPERSON, ANY CHANCE YOU GET TO EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS I THINK YOU HAVE TO JUMP ON IT. IT MAY WORK OUT, IT MAY NOT. I DON’T KNOW. ABOUT AT LEAST I HAVE — BUT AT LEAST I HAVE THE OPTION TO TRY. I’M SUPER EXCITED. I CAN’T TELL YOU THE AMOUNT OF TIMES WE’VE HAD TO THROW A BACKYARD BARBECUE ON SUNDAY AND SCRAPE TOGETHER THE AMOUNT OF LIQUOR WE HAVE BETWEEN US. IT WILL BE NICE TO NOT HAVE TO PLAN AHEAD. Reporter: STINSON TELLS US HE HAD TO HIRE THREE NEW EMPLOYEES. LIQUOR STORES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE OPEN AS YOU UNDERSTAND BUT MOST THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS I’VE SPOKEN WITH STORE OWNERS WHO SAY THEY HAVE TO OPEN ON SUNDAY IN ORDER TO STAY COMPETITIVE. THERE IS ONE LIQUOR STORE THAT WON’T BE OPENING THIS SUNDAY. Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT AND THAT IS SUYDYK’S. IF YOU REMEMBER BACK IN MARCH THEY OPENED THEIR DOORS FOR BUSINESS THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE LAW WAS SIGNED NOT WHEN THE LAW WENT INTO EFFECT WHICH HAPPENS THIS SUNDAY. THEY WERE HIT WITH A MAJOR FINE OF $50,000 FROM THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS AND THEY HAVE BEEN BANNED FROM OPENING FOR THE FIRST THREE SUNDAYS IN JULY. SO SOME WOULD ARGUE IT WON’T REALLY WORTH IT FOR THEM TO BE THE FIRST TO OPEN ON SUNDAY.

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