Archive for Monday, July 25, 2005

Sunday liquor sales likely to continue

July 25, 2005


Liquor stores are only lukewarm to the idea of allowing Sunday sales to continue in the city, according to a new city commission-sponsored survey.

But a pair of city commissioners said Friday that they likely would vote to allow the practice to continue because they haven't heard that Sunday sales have created any problems.

"If there was some type of uproar about it, then we would need to look at it, but that hasn't happened," Commissioner Mike Amyx said.

City commissioners are scheduled to vote on an ordinance at their Tuesday meeting that would allow Sunday sales to continue. Because of new regulations passed during the last legislative session, all cities that currently are allowing Sunday sales must pass a new ordinance before Nov. 15 or Sunday sales automatically become illegal.

The new legislation requires that any city that allows Sunday sales at liquor stores to also allow the Sunday sale of cereal malt beverages at grocery and convenience stores. Currently that is not allowed.

City commissioners last month sent out a survey to liquor store owners and grocery and convenience stores to judge support for Sunday sales.

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Only nine of the 25 liquor stores in the city responded. Five said they supported the continuance of Sunday sales, while four said they didn't want it to continue. Both of the city's Cork & Barrel stores, along with Danny's Retail Liquor, Linda's Liquor and Myers Retail Liquor, supported keeping Sunday sales. The city's two Alvin's Wine & Spirits, along with The Wine Cellar and Topless Liquor, did not.

All 22 of the grocery and convenience stores that responded to the survey supported the new Sunday sales proposal.

Mayor Boog Highberger said he understood why some businesses didn't want to continue with Sunday sales, but he said he likely would support it.

"I think people are used to it now," Highberger said. "I don't see a strong reason why we shouldn't continue with it. I think the only problem it has caused is for some retailers who haven't really seen sales go up, but they feel like they have to staff that day. But of course, it's all voluntary."

Commissioners will meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.


Manson 12 years, 9 months ago

I have yet to hear a compelling argument as to WHY Sunday liquor sales is even an issue. What is the conflict? Why is it Sunday ? Why not Tuesday or Monday?

"I think people are used to it now"-Boog Highberger

Yes ! the great Hallmark of our illustrious Commission. As long as this is the result of their un-Democratic policies I guess then their jobs are Done!

Dani Davey 12 years, 9 months ago

Manson - After Prohibition was repealed Kansas chose to stay semi-dry by not allowing liquor to be sold on Sundays as that is the Christian day of Sabbath.

Raider 12 years, 9 months ago

Suggestion- the liquor stores that say they don't want Sunday sales, then we shouldn't go there on Sunday. Instead of going to Alvin's (their employees are rude anyway) go to Jensen's or Myers'. Since these stores obviously don't want us on Sunday, then we should honor it.

Sunday sales have been traditionally banned because of it being the Sabath. It's because the church-goers don't think the hethens should be allowed to buy demon-liquor on the Lord's day.

I'm surprised that we even have Sunday sales in KS, given how the church has taken over our legislature as of late.

pylon25 12 years, 9 months ago

Who cares if its sunday. Why are they so worked up about selling booze on the supposed Holy Day. They dont make the porn shops close that day, and i'd bet they hate porn more than booze. Just because your religion doesnt think you should be able to buy a specific product on a day you seem to belive is holy, dont force it on the rest of us. God, i hate Kansas. You'd think they'd never heard of the concept of seperation of church and state.

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