Resort liquor stores want Sunday to remain an off day
In your Feb. 26 edition, you posted an article taken from the AP wire that once again suggested (other articles in Denver papers have also suggested) that resort-area liquor store owners support the law allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays.Clearly, the owners of liquor stores in Summit, Eagle and Lake counties do not support Senate Bill 05-077.Sen. Jennifer Veiga, her committee, Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald and Rep. Gary Lindstrom have received dozens of letters, phone calls and e-mails from these owners in opposition to this bill.In a recent poll of these owners, 80 percent do not support the bill.The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, representing out-of-state producers of beer and spirits, is behind this bill.Here are a few reasons it is not supported:As many liquor stores are operated by an individual or a family, Sunday affords them their only day off.The owners do not believe their sales would increase 14 percent as the Distilled Spirits Council has suggested, rather they believe the majority of the Sunday sales will simply come from Saturday and Monday, thus increasing costs without the benefit of additional sales.If in the future if grocery stores and big box stores are allowed to sell spirits, wine and 6 percent beer, many individually-owned stores would be forced out of business. So, instead of having more competition as Sen. Veiga has suggested, there will be significantly less. Prices will increase.Today, the liquor store owners execute the enforcement of Colorado laws. Their livelihood depends on it.The sale to minors or intoxicated persons is controlled. Minors are not allowed in liquor stores unaccompanied by an adult. This will not be true in grocery stores. Minors would have greater access to alcohol if grocery stores sell it.
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