As members of Indiana’s Alcohol Commission prepare their final recommendation for state lawmakers, two industries invested in the outcome have teamed up to push for Sunday sales. It’s left a third industry to question their motives.
The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council, representing liquor stores and grocery stores respectively, have partnered to ask the General Assembly to legalize Sunday alcohol sales. But they’re also pushing against legalizing cold beer sales in convenience stores.
Scot Imus is executive director of the group representing convenience stores across the state.
He notes the liquor store industry has strongly opposed Sunday sales in the past, and says the retail council has partnered with them to advocate for cold beer sales. He says the switch from both groups is designed as a compromise to guarantee Sunday sales.
“But it’s certainly a reversal, for both groups, of long-standing public policy that they’ve testified about before the General Assembly for the last decade,” Imus says.
The liquor store association says it’s unsafe to sell cold beer in convenience stores and its chairman says the position switch is in response to what he calls a growing consensus among Hoosiers.