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Liquor stores, residents gear up for Sunday alcohol sales

Indiana has been waiting since 1933 to be allowed to buy alcohol on Sundays, and in northeast Indiana many people said it's about time.

Posted: Feb 24, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2018 4:21 PM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- Sunday alcohol sales aren't far from being legal again in the Hoosier state. The Indiana Senate voted Thursday 38-10 to give final legislative approval to repealing the ban.

The bill is now on the governor's desk and he's ready to sign.

Indiana has been waiting since 1933 to be allowed to buy alcohol on Sundays, and in northeast Indiana many people said it's about time.

"They should've done it a long time ago," said Matt McBride.

"I'm planning on working next Sunday," said Chad Stiebeling of Mr. B's Package Store.

At the small liquor store in Huntertown they're not sure what to expect, but they said they'll give it a shot.

"We're just going to play it by ear. We'll see how it goes," Stiebeling said.

And many customers can't wait to crack open a cold one.

"You gotta have your beer, man," McBride said.

Others said Sunday is their day to rest.

"I'm not big into it. I like my Sundays. I like to spend it with my family and my friends, but I know I'll have to work a Sunday," said Fran Bowsman of Mr. B's Package Store.

"I guess most of the other states have it, but I don't think we necessarily need it," said Mike Stamets.

You can only buy booze from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays under the new bill, but to some Indiana is finally catching up.

"Really we're the only state in the union that doesn't have liquor sales on Sunday. We're kind of behind the times," said Jeff Pushman.

After Governor Holcomb signs the bill we could see Sunday sales as early as next week.

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