Tennessee lawmakers approved legislation to allow wine and liquor sales on Sunday, a move that could spur opposition from the state’s liquor retailers Michael Schwab
Ed Fryer, owner of Village Wines, has been planning for this.
Starting this weekend, Tennesseans will be able to purchase wine and liquor on Sunday.
“It’s sort of a new day and a new starting point for Tennessee retail liquor sales,” Fryer said from his store in Hillsboro Village.
Village Wines will be among the first liquor stores to take advantage of the new law, and will open on Sundays at noon.
“We’re in a part of Nashville where a lot of folks aren’t from Nashville,” Fryer said. “A lot of (people) never really understood why we had to be closed Sundays anyway.”
Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure allowing Sunday sales into law Friday, according to his office.
That means you’ll be able to buy wine and liquor in liquor stores this Sunday — if those businesses decide to open that soon.
But under the new law, Sunday sales of wine in grocery stores must wait until Jan. 6.
The legislative debate
The change comes after a somewhat controversial bill made its way through the legislature, where debates included whether there is biblical support for drinking wine.
The bill’s passage is to the chagrin of opponents who argued the Bible does not support drinking alcohol and others who called the measure an affront to the state’s Southern culture.
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But it’s a victory for the bill’s leading sponsor, Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, who also carried the previously passed measure to allow wine in grocery stores.
Tennessee is the 42nd state to allow seven-day sales of liquor and wine.
Deciding whether to open
Meanwhile, stores are scrambling to decide whether to open this Sunday.
Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is planning to open on Sundays starting in a couple weeks, said wine and liquor manager Jeff Warzynski.
“It happened so fast, we didn’t really have a chance to plan for it,”…