Area liquor stores tackle first day of Sunday sales

Minnesotans haven’t been able to purchase off-sale liquor on Sundays for as long as the state’s history goes back. That changed on July 2.

July 2 marked the first day liquors stores had the ability or choice to be open to consumers on Sundays in Minnesota.

The choice was given to cities and then stores following the bill being signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on March 7.

Following the governor’s signing, the decision to allow Sunday liquor sales was passed to individual city councils.

The bill allows liquor stores to sell alcohol between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., however cities and stores were allowed to choose more restrictive hours within that time frame if they wished to do so.

Mound’s Harbor Wine and Spirits was one of those who chose to open their doors last Sunday. Manager John Colotti said he had a line of 30 people waiting for the doors to open that morning.

“We’re really optimistic,” Colotti said. “It’s been terrific so far. The game plan is to give it several months to figure out how sales are going and then make adjustments next year.”

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