Liquor stores scramble to get ready for Sunday sales; Gov. to sign bill on Wednesday

Liquor stores in Indiana have always been closed on Sundays. Now, they're scrambling to add to their operations.

Posted: Feb 27, 2018 10:09 AM
Updated: Feb 27, 2018 3:48 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Liquor stores in Indiana have always been closed on Sundays. Now, they're scrambling to add to their operations.

That's after lawmakers voted to amend the Sunday Sales Bill last week. The change would allow shoppers to start buying alcohol immediately once the bill is signed.

Wayne Bower has owned 7th and 70 Liquor in Terre Haute for 48 years. Never once has he been open on a Sunday.

Thanks to the Sunday Carryout Sales Bill, he's now getting his five stores ready.

Unlike other retailers, liquor stores must have trained and licensed clerks. Bower says this limits their pool for employees.

“Do I want to be open on Sundays? No. Are we going to be open on Sundays? Yes. It's called competition,” said Bower. “So yes we will be here to some effect. I say the biggest problem for package stores is since we're not open on Sundays, getting enough staff to maintain it.”

Right now the bill is sitting on Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk and officials report he will sign it Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. This will allow Sunday sales to start immediately.

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