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Sunday Liquor Sales a Possibility

Posted at: 02/24/2013 7:26 PM
Updated at: 02/25/2013 2:50 PM
By: Nick Winkler

Jason Alvey, who runs specialty beer and liquor store The Four Firkens, will try to persuade lawmakers to let he and other liquor stores open on Sundays.

Alvey argues the ban on Sunday sales is outdated and should be repealed.

However, not everyone agrees.

The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, along with other liquor store owners, say opening on Sundays would simply pull sales from other days and increase operating costs.

Alvey disagrees and says those who oppose Sunday sales don't have to open seven days a week if a bill, sponsored by Senator Jeremy Miller, becomes law and repeals the ban. Instead, Alvey says liquor store owners could open on Sundays, reap financial rewards, and close on Mondays when he says sales are generally much slower.

Alvey estimates closing on Sundays reduces business between ten and 15%.

Alvey is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Commerce committee Monday afternoon.

The Senate Commerce Committee was expected Monday to discuss the measure, but wasn't planning to take a vote. Sen. Roger Reinert, a Duluth Democrat, introduced the bill earlier this month. The committee will also discuss a host of other alcohol-related bills.

Sunday liquor store sales come up every year at the Capitol, but have found little success. Reinert tried the same bill in 2011, but it stalled after passing one committee.

Minnesota is one of 12 states that still outlaw Sunday liquor sales. All of Minnesota's neighboring states allow it.

Reinert's bill would also allow liquor stores to open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.