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Arabi preps for vote on alcohol sales referendum

Election Day is just one week away, and voters in Arabi will decide whether to let stores sell alcohol on Sundays. (Source: WALB News 10) Election Day is just one week away, and voters in Arabi will decide whether to let stores sell alcohol on Sundays. (Source: WALB News 10)
Some people are hoping alcoholic beverages will soon be up for grabs on Sundays. (Source: WALB News 10) Some people are hoping alcoholic beverages will soon be up for grabs on Sundays. (Source: WALB News 10)
"Everybody comes in and asks for Sunday alcohol sales," said Peter Patel, who owns Shorty's Quik Stop. (Source: WALB News 10) "Everybody comes in and asks for Sunday alcohol sales," said Peter Patel, who owns Shorty's Quik Stop. (Source: WALB News 10)
"People here drive to Cordele because Cordele sells Sunday beer, Ashburn sells beer Sunday," said Shailesh Shah, who owns "Arabi Express." (Source: WALB News 10) "People here drive to Cordele because Cordele sells Sunday beer, Ashburn sells beer Sunday," said Shailesh Shah, who owns "Arabi Express." (Source: WALB News 10)
The referendum is on the ballot for Arabi Tuesday, November 8. (Source: WALB News 10) The referendum is on the ballot for Arabi Tuesday, November 8. (Source: WALB News 10)
ARABI, GA (WALB) -

Election Day is just one week away, and voters in Arabi will decide whether to let stores sell alcohol on Sundays.

"It's income for the community, income for the county," said Cindy Spencer, a resident of Crisp County.

Some people are hoping alcoholic beverages will soon be up for grabs on Sundays.

"Raised I was against alcohol, but I think it brings a profit in," Spencer said.

Two local business owners who sell alcohol six days a week right now, said not being able to sell on Sunday costs them money.

"People here drive to Cordele because Cordele sells Sunday beer, Ashburn sells beer Sunday," said Shailesh Shah, who owns "Arabi Express."

"Everybody comes in and asks for Sunday alcohol sales," said Peter Patel, who owns Shorty's Quik Stop.

Some feel that passing the referendum would encourage safety.

"People drinking and driving. It's better to sell it here so everybody comes here," said Shah.

Meanwhile, these residents believe it would economically benefit the small town.

"You're going to have people consuming alcohol anyway. The city might as well make what they can off it," said Darryl Sumner, another resident.

The referendum is on the ballot for Arabi Tuesday, November 8.

We did speak with one woman who was against the alcohol referendum, but she did not want to go on camera.

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