Sunday alcohol sales proposed in Spartanburg Co., Gaffney

GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – A Gaffney businessman proposed allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays at Monday’s city council meeting. Council approved crafting an ordinance to add the measure on November’s general election ballot.

“I’m speaking of only beer and wine, no liquor, in convenience store, grocery stores, and restaurants in the city,” said Darren Mason during his presentation to council.

Some business owners say they’re already closed Sundays for the same reason they’d vote “no” on this measure.

“I go to church on Sunday,” said ‘Sunny’s Quick Stop and Donut Shop owner Lang Poeng.

Supporters say it’s not just about restaurants that would be selling alcohol, but other businesses in the Gaffney area that would be affected as well.

“It’s good for the city,” said Hollywood Styles owner Henry Clark. “If they can’t get it [alcohol] here, they’ll go other places to get it.”

“On Sunday night ball games, people would leave here and go to Spartanburg to watch ball games at wild wings and drink a beer,” said Mason.

“Anything that we can get, anything that we can do to improve the economy so people can have more jobs, more opportunities, it’s good for us all,” said Clark.

Council voted unanimously to add an ordinance to their next council meeting. If approved, voters will have the final say in November.

Spartanburg County will also have a meeting to discuss alcohol sales in the county on Sundays at a future time. Currently you can sell at restaurants, but not in convenience stores.

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