TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Residents of Alexander County will vote in March on whether to allow alcohol sales.
The Hickory Daily Record reported the county board of elections on Wednesday set March 19 for the referendum on county-wide alcohol sales.
The county board of commissioners voted last month to allow the referendum. A group called Citizens for the Future of Alexander County urged the commissioners to allow the vote. The group wants beer and wine sales, liquor by the drink and ABC stores. It says alcohol sales would help attract business and industry.
Opponents say the sales would not be an economic boon. They say Alexander County cannot support chain restaurants.
Alexander County has about 25,000 registered voters.
The county seat of Taylorsville does have an ABC store and beer and wine sales.