Could ABC be open on Sundays in North Carolina?

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Beer and wine sell seven days a week in North Carolina, but right now customers can only buy liquor from an ABC store Monday through Saturday.

Senator Tony Rand, who represents Bladen and Cumberland Counties, has filed a bill to allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.

He says it will add a $5 million boost to the economy and be a service to citizens, but the pastor at Saint Luke Church in Wilmington feels the bill would do more harm than good.

"I'm concerned what it would do to families and the community," said Pastor William Johnson. "When certain people start buying away on Sundays, it could send a message to the rest of the community that I don't think we want to see."

Johnson believes it will also increase the number of drunk drivers on local roads.

"Imagine the difference it would be on Sunday, for example when the SuperBowl is going on," said Johnson.

Billy Williams, the administrator of New Hanover County ABC stores, is against the bill and is confident it won't pass.

"Us being the bible belt, I don't think that's going to work," said Williams.  "I don't think it'll go anywhere."

But, for now, at least one senator is trying to make sure the effort to sell liquor on Sundays doesn't dry up.

Restaurants and bars are allowed to sell all alcoholic beverages after noon on Sundays.

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