Ind. liquor store owners against lifting ban on Sunday sales

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 1:01 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Indiana lawmakers will have the chance to hear the public’s opinion on lifting the longtime ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales in the state. Indiana is currently the last state in the nation to ban retail alcohol sales on Sunday.

Lane Judd owns Creekside Liquors in Jeffersonville. He is against lifting the ban. Many small business owners believe the cost of being open on Sunday would make it hard for them to compete with large supermarket chains. Judd said it would be more expenses for the same amount of sales.

“In my opinion, I would lose some of those people on Saturday night and then I have to pay for overhead, I have to staff the store, I have to have the lights on all day. For me, it would be probably be a loss,” said Judd.

Some consumers are looking for convenience.

“I think they should because a lot of people go across the bridge to get it anyways, so they might as well spend the money here,” said Marvin Fulton.

Supporters argue the ban is costing the state millions in lost tax revenue. The public hearing is set for Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Statehouse.
 

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