As Hoosiers wait for Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Ind.) to sign a bill legalizing Sunday alcohol sales into law, liquor stores are gearing up to operate seven days a week as soon as March 4.
Adam Sulinski is General Manager at The Beverage Shop in Ellettsville. He says his staff will be ready, despite the accelerated implementation of the change.
The bill was originally supposed to go into effect July 1, but will now become effective as soon as Holcomb signs the legislation.
“I kinda expected it, so we had already pre-planned about a month or so ago, just in case,” Sulinski says.
Sulinski says The Beverage Shop and its sister store, Stafford’s Package Liquor in Spencer, will reassign current staff to cover the new Sunday shifts. He says the biggest change to the business will be in revenue.
“We’ve got two stores, we’re in really good locations,” Sulinski says. “I don’t have much grocery competition. So, it’s just an extra business day for us.”
Sulinski says more than half of his sales come from cold beer, so he’s glad lawmakers decided not to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer.
Sulinski says it could take several months to gauge the long-term impact of Sunday sales.
“This first couple weeks will be kind of a test, but then it’s going to transform into the summer which, as everyone knows, [the] warmer it gets, [the] more people drink,” Sulinski says.
Holcomb is expected to sign the Sunday sales bill sometime this week.