Liquor Store Owner Against Opening Sundays

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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.

 

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I still don't understand why is it still illegal to buy liquor on Sundays. This is such an anachronic law! Businesses should have the freedom to open or not on Sundays. The market will determine if it's feasible or not.

This would only work for people on central to the far eastside that don't have access to N.M. like westsiders do with state lines liqour store or the one by billy crews.

Barrel House with only select locations to be open on the eastside would be financially sound.

The only difference is that texas cannot sale hard liqour after 9pm on any given day but go to N.M. and its till midnight. So still puts the above mentioned stores ahead of the pack for the westside.

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