ABC Stores Now Open on Sundays

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

ABC liquor stores are now be open on Sundays. That new law goes into effect starting this Sunday, July 1st.

While it is good news for the state, customers are torn about the change. Customers, like Mary-Beth Kananen, said this will be convenient.

"Considering that if you wanted to stay at home, a lot of places are closed on Sunday,” said Kananen. “If you wanted to stay at home and have a drink on the porch, you know that would be a good time for that too."

It is not only more convenient for customers to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays, but the ABC Regional Manager Tom McWhite said the extra sales will put more money back into the state.

"It has proven to increase sales and increase profits for ABC. That goes back to the Commonwealth to the general fund," said McWhite.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control expects to make an extra $9-million in sales now that their stores are open on Sundays. That makes a $2.5-million increase for the state.

Even though that is good news for Virginia, some customers do not agree. They said Sunday should be a day of rest, but not a time to buy alcohol. For others like Kananen, this new law is not problem at all.

"Why not?” asked Kananen. “What's the difference between Saturday and Sunday? You know the cliches of the past of not being able to sell alcohol on Sunday or not until a certain time on Sunday. Like whatever. Let's get over it. It's the modern time."

Stores located in Harrisonburg, Luray, Mount Jackson, Staunton and Verona are just some of Valley locations selling alcohol on Sunday.

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