A 159-year ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota will be lifted in a few days. The bill that repealed the ban was passed in March and it goes into effect this weekend. Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien explains how a liquor store in La Crescent, Minnesota, is preparing for the change.
Preparing for *two* big 'holidays' of sorts at La Crescent Wine and Spirit. Not only for the Fourth of July, but also the store's first Sunday.
"I think the fact that we're going to be open on the Sunday right before the fourth of July, it's probably going to be a pretty busy day here."
The store says it's been seeing a lot of anticipation from customers.
"We've had a lot of customers come in and comment about how they're happy that we're going to be open on Sundays because they do a lot of shopping on Sundays and of course up until now they've had to go into Wisconsin and buy their alcohol."
But it's also wondering how the new law will affect sales during the rest of the week.
"Sundays will become one of our busier days. The real business question is how will it affect the other days particularly Monday and Tuesday, the following days after."
La Crescent Wine and Spirit is also having a special event this Sunday; it's their monthly rock stop. It's a cider tasting. It's now being moved to Sundays... just because they can.
Independence Day is normally one of the busiest times for La Crescent Wine and Spirit, and with this Sunday added to it all, it says it's ready to go for what could be its busiest Fourth of July weekend ever.
"We're staffed pretty heavy for it."
In La Crescent, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.
Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota will be allowed from 11 AM to 6 PM, still a shorter amount of time than other days of the week.