Lancaster Co. voters approve sale of alcohol on Sundays

Lancaster Co. voters approve sale of alcohol on Sundays

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 6:30 AM

LANCASTER, S.C. -- Voters in Lancaster County, South Carolina approved a ballot measure that will allow the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars on Sundays.

Backers of the measure gathered to celebrate at the Wing King restaurant that is already taking steps to serve their first Sunday drinks.

"It is not about selling alcohol on Sundays," said supporter Tina Simmons. "It is about bringing more restaurants to this county and about bringing more revenue to this county, and more jobs."

The Wing King and other restaurants have closed on Sundays in the past because owners said it is not really worth opening if they can't serve alcohol.

People who wanted to eat a good meal at a restaurant had few choices.

"Unless I wanted fast food which is fine in its place, I couldn't go anywhere locally. I had to go to Ballantyne or York County," said supporter Wanda Rosa.

Those who oppose the measure predict that allowing Sunday sales would not help those who drink too much.

"I don't think it is going to create more people drinking on Sundays. They'll just do it locally instead of driving out of town which I believe is what they are doing now," said Simmons.

Supporters also said they have heard that there are some national restaurant chains that are now considering opening in Lancaster now that they would be able to serve alcohol seven days a week.

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