Residents of a Mid-Michigan county are one step closer to being able to buy liquor on Sundays and enjoy it in the comfort of their homes.
Tuscola County has a county wide ban on retail liquor sales on Sundays. It is one of the only remaining such bans still active in Michigan.
The county clerk’s office said in order to place a proposal to end the liquor ban on the ballot they needed about 1,400 signatures. By the deadline they ended up with nearly 4,000.
Business owners said they are losing money over a prohibition they believe is outdated. The county has prohibited the sale of liquor on Sundays for decades.
It’s a ban many counties used to have, but have went away from years ago.
“All our surrounding counties sell liquor,” said Tim Wingert, president of Wingert’s Food Center.
He said the ban is costing him and local liquor stores thousands of dollars. Especially around the holidays when demand is high.
“Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve falls on Sunday this year. And that’s going to be lost sales. And are people going to plan ahead,” Wingert said.
With the election coming up, Wingert led a petition signed by thousands of others to place a proposal on the Aug. 7 ballot to allow liquor sales on Sundays.
Business owners like Sam Salem, owner of Vic’s Liquor, said if the proposal doesn’t pass it will just mean loss revenue that could have stayed in the county.
“Most people do know if they do want liquor they will target that and they will drive,” Salem said.
While liquor is currently banned all day on Sundays, stores can still sell beer and wine in the afternoon.
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