Sunday liquor sales start in DeKalb, Gwinnett counties

6:50 AM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
  • Shoppers were welcomed with a receiving line at Tower Wine & Spirits on the first day of Sunday liquor sales in DeKalb county.
  • A mariachi band played at Tower Wine & Spirits on the first day of Sunday liquor sales in DeKalb County.
    
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A mariachi band greeted customers at Tower Wine & Spirits on the first day of Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated DeKalb County.

"I can't tell you how many times on Sunday I haven't had anything to drink and realized I can't buy anything," said customer Thom Abbott. "Now it's great. If you forget or have a barbecue and run out, you can go get something."  

DeKalb voters approved Sunday sales by 72 percent in March, months after dozens of other cities across metro Atlanta had already started selling.

At the Tower store in Atlanta, there's been a boost to the bottom line.

"It has been positive for our sales and positive for our profit, as well," said Tower General Manager David Greenbaum.

Several metro cities report a bump in alcohol-related sales tax revenues. Aside from Sunday sales, the improving economy could also play a role. 

Sunday sales started in Gwinnett County this week as well.

Voters in Fulton, Cobb and Clarke counties will decide on the measure in July.

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