Hiram’s Sunday Sales Could Start Soon

Hiram Mayor Jack Paris said the city council could enact the expansion of alcohol sales as early as next week.

Nov. 20 could be the first Sunday Hiram retailers would be able to ring up package sales of alcohol.

Following Tuesday’s elections, in which 55.5 percent of participating Hiram voters , Hiram Mayor Jack Paris told Dallas-Hiram Patch that he would bring the issue to the city council at .

“I am going to recommend that it take effect immediately. There’s no reason not to since it was passed by the city,” Paris said.

Should the council move on a measure affirming the wishes of Tuesday’s voters, Paris said those businesses with alcohol licenses would not have to pay any increased fees nor come before the city to amend the language of their licenses.

“Nothing’s going to change—they’ll just be able to sell on Sundays as opposed to not selling on Sundays,” he said.

“The grocery stores, all the convenience stores, they’re open on Sundays anyway, so that’s just added revenue for them,” Paris added. “The liquor stores, they have the option as to whether or not they want to open. That was their only day off in the past, and that’s their option—it’s nothing they have to do.”

Some critics of Sunday package sales say that from a business standpoint, retailers may gain little or even lose money due to the extra day to sell. Retailers who choose to open seven days, they say, may see little change to their revenue but see added expenses in opening the store that extra day, while those retailers that choose to open on Sundays or are already open on Sundays could pull customers away from those that choose to remain closed.

Paris said that while it remains to be seen how Sunday package sales will impact city sales tax revenues, he believes Hiram will see some impact by allowing retailers to sell seven days a week.

“It may not have a lot, because in the past, the people that drank on Sunday would buy it on Saturday night,” he said. “But I’m sure it will have a little impact.

“And [Sunday package sales] wasn’t something that we were in favor of or against—it was just something the state gave us the opportunity to put on the ballot, and we put it on the ballot for the voters. And it was their choice, not ours.”

The Sunday sales referendum was one of four races Hiram voters weighed in on Tuesday, as they picked the winners of and saw Paris . More than 17 percent of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots, , where voters and , though two of the council races featured unopposed incumbents.

Nearly every city and county in Georgia that put up a Sunday sales referendum in Tuesday’s elections , with support ranging from about 53 percent to an overwhelming 91 percent in Decatur.

H November 13, 2011 at 08:15 PM
The thing that doesn't make sense is that bars have been allowed to serve alcohol on Sundays. DUI seems more likely if you go somewhere to be served, and then drive home. At least this way, those who want to drink on Sunday can purchase at a store and go home to drink, rather than driving home after they have been drinking.
john koby November 14, 2011 at 01:05 PM
It sounds like you want to crucify all. Its the 1% or less that get a DUI Some folks drink some dont 3/4 of the country sells achohol on Sunday. Yes Sunday is the Lords day always will be but show me in the bible where selling achohol on Sunday is sinful or wrong.
Karl Kuhlken November 17, 2011 at 09:21 PM
People were more likely to get drunk and drive on Sunday under the old rules where the only sales were in restaurants and bars - places one needs to drive to in order to patronize. Now, people can stop by the store on the way home, get their beer or wine, and drink at home without affecting people on the road. Sorry, I see it as a positive. Living in Dallas, I will gladly stop in Hiram if I feel like having a glass of wine or beer.
Constance Blair November 18, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Well seeing as how the law stated you could not buy alcohol on Sunday (it said nothing about drinking it) I don't see how this would affect drunk driving.
ZT November 21, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Miss Patterson, sales of alcohol on Sunday has nothing to do with drunk driving on Sunday or any other day of the week. In fact, I've observed more people in states with blue laws purchase their "Sunday beer" ahead of time to make sure they had more than enough and end up overindulging, than in states where Sunday sales were allowed and they could simply purchase what they wanted to consume and do so responsibly. Your argument just doesn't hold water.


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