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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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 16, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    (Trying, desperately, to ignore the atrocious spelling of many.) "Wah, wah, wah, I still can't smoke at the bar." Well, this will give you even easier and more opportunities to pollute both your lungs and liver in the privacy of your own home. Yay.
  • by garbage truck driver Location: Jackson on Nov 14, 2010 at 02:17 AM
    I am all for passing this law. Sunday is my only day off work, and I would like to be able to buy some shnacps at the store when I get up so I can have a relacksing day.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Nov 13, 2010 at 02:46 AM
    Zim, ever wonder why this entire world is going to hell as fast as it is? Because everyone is putting religion on the back burner and putting their wants and needs in front of it. Go ahead and have your liquor sales on Sunday. That won't solve our problems. Most people with a brain would stock up enough before hand so this wouldn't be an issue when the store is closed or alcohol is off limits. Yeah probably over 95% of folks won't even buy any alcohol on Sunday morning because they went out Saturday night and they are sleeping it off Sunday anyway.
  • by jon Location: OKEMOS on Nov 12, 2010 at 05:01 PM
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    I still think they should raise the TAX on booze just like they did tobacco products.
  • by zim on Nov 12, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    It is about time that Michigan emerge from the dark ages. As an adult I should be able to purchase a legal product as easy on a Sunday as it is on a Thursday. A ban on Sunday sales proves just proves how much religion interferes with government and public policy.
  • by Anonomous Location: Lansing on Nov 12, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    I still think Michigan should sell a smoking permit to bars! Think of how much revenue that would create?
  • by me Location: fla on Nov 11, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    came to fla thinkin its a dry place we can buy/sell booze any time doesnt change anything people r people if they wanna get drunk on Christmas their gonna buy enough to drink for days....think of all the tax dollars they can get
  • by Cap'n Rita Location: Lansing on Nov 11, 2010 at 06:33 PM
    How much revenue is this REALLY going to raise? Are there that many folks jonesing for a drink on Sunday morning? The drunks are still passed out, so they aren't going to be storming Meijer for a bottle of Pucker. Does Aunt Marge need to knock back a few before church?
  • by Derek Location: Jackson on Nov 11, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    It's gotta be 5 o'clock somewhere!
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