Sunday Liquor Sales Close to Reality

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

It's something that's been on the table for years.

"We've had a proposal out in the legislature for almost six years now trying to open up sales of alcohol," Lance Binoniemi, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said.

Now, selling liquor before noon on Sundays and on Christmas day is about to become a reality in Michigan. The legislature passed the bill this week, the Governor is expected to sign it.

"We do find a lot of our members are going to take advantage of the permit whether they're a golf course or a fine dining establishment," Binoniemi said.

"I think it's great, especially for us personally to be able to serve bloody mary's and mimosa's on Sundays," Matt Rhodes, owner of Dusty's Cellar, said.

For $160 dollars per year in license fees, Rhodes thinks a lot of businesses will jump on board.

"For the bigger venues, the sporting venues, it will be a huge advantage for Metro Detroit, the Lions games on Sundays," Rhodes said.

We talked with several liquor store owners who didn't want to be on camera who said they didn't like this idea at all, staying open earlier on Sundays and on Christmas costs them more than it's worth.

"It's a completely optional permit, no one is forced to stay open, it's an opportunity for businesses that think they have customers on Sundays to do it," Binoniemi said.

But some party store owners said if one business opens early, it will in turn force them to do the same, whether they want to or not.

Proponents of the plan said to them, it sounds like a win-win.

"It's common sense," Rhodes said, "it's also money for the state, which is what we need."

The Governor has not gotten the bill yet, but when she does, she has 14 days to sign it. A spokesperson said Granholm will sign the bill.


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