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Merchants: Sunday alcohol says aren't that beneficial

October 7, 2002

Remerton- Purchasing alcohol on Sunday is nearly impossible in most South Georgia towns. But step inside the city limits of Remerton and the rules change.

"We can sale alcohol on Sundays here, but it has to be less than 50% of our sales and we can't start selling it until lunch," said Lacy Grant, C. J.'s Pub and Pool Bartender.

Since Remerton began Sunday alcohol sales back in 1996, the ordinance has generated a whelm of conflicting opinions. Vinita Bullard is opposed for the same reason as many South Georgians.

"Personally, I don't believe you have to have alcohol to have a good time and it goes against what I believe spiritually," said Bullard.

But she admits, Sunday alcohol sales are an economic advantage for the town. "It brings in at least $50,000 - $60,000 each year," said Bullard.

Many Remerton merchants say the extra day of alcohol sales hasn't been as beneficial as they initially thought it would be.

"It does play a slight part in our sales on Sunday, but I believe we would bring in just as much business without it," said Grant.

"People might order a beer instead of tea with their meal, but it really doesn't make that much of a difference," said Billy Spell, Restaurant Owner.

Spell established his restaurant in Remerton because of their Sunday alcohol license. But he says the sales haven't been as high as he expected, and he could probably get more business elsewhere.

"If I had to do it over again, I'd probably move across town where there's more traffic, and a steady flow of customers would make up for Sunday," said Spell.

Remerton merchants say even though Sunday alcohol sales do slightly boost the town's economy, cities interested in establishing a similar ordinance should take a careful look at the pros and cons before casting their vote.

posted at 3:30PM by ashley.harper@walb.com

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