Alcohol sales flat after new referendum passed in York Co.

Alcohol sales flat after new referendum passed in York Co.

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte Staff

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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 7:44 AM

YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- Some convenience store owners in York County are calling Sunday beer and wine sales a "bust."

Voters passed a referendum in November allowing the sales in convenience and grocery stores.

At O'Darby's in Rock Hill, the store shelves are stocked with more than 1,300 different bottles of wine, but don’t come here on Sunday to shop.  O’Darby’s decided against opening on Sunday.

Owner Doug Hinson says he thought about it, but  decided the $2,200 two-year permit, plus staffing, didn’t make economic sense for his stores.

“That’s true," he said. "I guess we didn't do our homework well enough  to begin with."

Hinson says if he was allowed to sell liquor, the profit margin would make sense.  But the referendum only called for wine and beer sales.

Down the road Little Giant convenient store owner Chris Corn did get the permit, but calls Sunday sales flat.

“We were hoping for a 10% jump,” he said.  But so far, they’ve only seen a 2% increase in sales with the new Sunday hours.

He's thinks  sales may  pick up in the summer...

Hinson, who lobbied hard for Sunday sales, says he’s glad voters approved the referendum, even if he decided not to participate.

“I think it's all about people having a choice,” he said.
 

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