Liquor Store Owner Against Opening Sundays
POSTED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:35am
EL PASO - Friday and Saturday are the only days Texans can buy hard liquor over the weekend.
Because legally, liquor stores have to be closed.
Liquor store owner Joe Calcaterra says he doesn't want the extra business day.
"I don't think we'd get any increase in business. Most people are so used to liquor stores being closed on Sunday they shop on Saturday for whatever they need," Calcaterra said.
The state Senate's Business and Commerce Committee is looking at a bill that could lift the ban on Sunday liquor sales.
Calcaterra says it doesn't matter if customers say they'll shop for booze on Sundays.
"If it passes we're not going to open on Sunday anyway. It may be legal to open on Sunday, but we're not going to," Calcaterra said.
Calcaterra says not only does he not want to manage a store on Sundays, he wants his employees to have the day to spend with their families.
Plus, there just isn't enough of a financial motive.
"I think we would just have one more day of expense for really almost no increase incentives," Calcaterra said.
But, if you're looking for hard liquor on a Sunday, it's still legal to buy it in New Mexico.