Fort Wayne ready for Sunday alcohol sales

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council announced Friday they have resolved differences that scuttled previous attempts to repeal the law.

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 10:35 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Hoosiers are one step closer to being able to buy alcohol on Sundays.


The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council announced Friday they have resolved differences that scuttled previous attempts to repeal the law.

Liquor store owners represented by the beverage association will drop their opposition to Sunday sales. Retailers, in return, will oppose a proposal allowing convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer - a right long afforded to liquor stores.

Indiana is one of a handful of states that ban carryout Sunday alcohol sales.

There have been attempts to change that in recent years, but lawmakers couldn't come to an agreement.

"I've always contended to let the consumer choose. If they want to buy beer on Sunday, or alcohol on Sunday, they should have the should have the right to do that," said Wine Time owner Jeff Armstrong.

Wine Time only sells craft beer and wines six days away.

The two major lobby groups are teaming up to try to change that.

"There was a time for that law, and that time's over," said Joseph Jones.

Jones was one of many customers at Phil's One Stop at Hillegas and Butler Roads Monday afternoon who like the idea of buying a case of beer on Sundays.

He said Indiana's law is just an inconvenience for Hoosiers.

"Fort those of us that are at home that want to have a drink on Sunday and forgot to buy it yesterday, now I can't do it," Jones said.

"If it comes up and I'm out and about and I'd like to get it and stock up for the future, but Sunday is my day to shop, then why do I have to put it off as a second stop when I can do it all in one?" said Elaine Scott.

Scott said she sees Sunday alcohol sales as a great idea for the entire state.

"We get plenty of sales Monday through Saturday. Just opening up for another day would open it up for additional tax resources, tax revenues that can benefit Indiana," she said.

That's tax revenue Ben Shenitz said neighboring states, such as Ohio, are getting.

"I know a lot of guys that have gone over there, gone over to Defiance or something to pick up beer on Sunday," said Shenitz.

Armstong said it's time for Indiana to move forward into the 21st century.

"If we want to progress to join the other 50 states, I think that's positive. I think the consumer needs to decide what they want to do," he said.

It's unclear whether lawmakers will go along with the proposal during the legislative session that starts in January.

The group representing convenience stores, meanwhile, says the sudden agreement between two long-warring groups should "call into question the credibility of both organizations."

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