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Tulsa County to vote on liquor stores opening on Sundays

Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 19:16:40-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa County voters will get to decide if liquor stores can be open on Sunday.

Ian Sproul has owned Biergarten Wine and Spirits in Jenks for four years. He says not selling alcohol on Sunday is causing him to lose business.

“Sundays are a big day for beer, especially with football season," Sproul said. "And we’re missing out on a lot of sales.”

When the law changed to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and high-point beer, it also allowed counties to vote on whether liquor stores can be open on Sundays. Now, Tulsa County Commissioners want to give stores here the option.

“I think it’s only fair to those mom and pop stores that have stuck around all these years," said Karen Keith, Tulsa County Commissioner. "And, you know, they’re a small business and if we put them at a disadvantage then I think it’s something we need to fix.”

If approved, liquor stores won't have to be open on Sunday. But Sproul said, having the option would help.

“We’ve lost 30% of our wine sales to grocery and convenience stores," he said. "And I imagine some stores are feeling that even more than we are.”

Tulsa County residents get the final say. The vote is on March 3.

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