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  • Employees cut the ribbon on the beer and wine section at Trader Joe's in Sandy Springs.
  • Trader Joe's in Sandy Springs will cut a ribbon on the beer and wine section at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Sunday sales of beer, wine and alcohol start in Sandy Springs.
    

Sandy Springs, GA -- The Roswell Package Store in Sandy Springs rang up about $700 in sales in the first 30 minutes of the first day of business on Sunday.

"We're thrilled," said general manager Maulik Patel. "Our customers wanted Sunday sales, and so did we."

Sunday alcohol sales began at 12:30 p.m. in more than a dozen metro Atlanta communities that approved the measure on election day.

There was a countdown and ribbon-cutting in the beer and wine section at Trader Joe's in Sandy Springs.

"I've lived in Georgia for 25 years, and I can finally buy alcohol on Sunday," said Mark Meltzer, who took a picture of his purchase to post on Facebook.

"I got a few bottles to be part of Georgia history," said customer Augusto Becco.

This truly is historic since blue laws have banned the sale of beer, wine and spirits on Sundays in Georgia since the 1800s.

In Metro Atlanta, Alpharetta, Dawsonville, Duluth, Griffin, Lawrenceville, Milton, Roswell, Senoia, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee and Woodstock will begin Sunday sales during November after voters approved the measures on November 8.

In most communities, the vote was overwhelming. Sandy Springs voters approved Sunday sales by 85 percent. 

Some other communities will begin in December, including Acworth, Cartersville, Covington, Doraville, Dunwoody, East Point, Fayetteville, Hoschton and Stone Mountain.

Most other areas that approved Sunday sales, including Atlanta, will begin allowing them on January 1.

State law limits Sunday sales to the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., but local communities can set additional restrictions.

Patel said Sunday sales are good for the economy. He said he'll hire an extra employee to staff the extra day.

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