Cave City sees nearly $6 Million in first year of alcohol sales

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CAVE CITY, Ky. (WBKO) - Nearly two years ago Cave City made a decision as a town that's now having an affect of millions of new dollars coming into the community.

"It's not just Barren County. We're having people come into town from Butler, Edmonson, Hart, even Sonora, and Upton," said Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission Executive Director, Sharon Tabor.

In 2014, the town voted to bring packaged alcohol sales to their area, with the first stores opening in the spring of 2015.

Since that time the combined amount of money made at the three alcohol stores, along with drinks sold at restaurants, is nearly $6 Million.

"A gentlemen who said he was from here said he can't believe how much Cave City has built up in just the last year or so," said Rae's Liquor customer Tina McDade.

A 5% regulatory fee on all of those sales means the city government has generated more than $250,000 in additional revenue in 2015.

The new industry is also helping surrounding businesses see a new surge.

"Instead of going to Elizabethtown or Bowling Green then driving back to Cave City to go to Mammoth Cave, they're actually staying here. Because they're staying our restaurants sales have gone up tremendously. It's been a record year for our restaurants that have been open 20 or 30 years," said Tabor.

Many people who opposed the sale of alcohol, cited the thought of drunks on the street and DUI crashes. The town said the new liquor oasis of sorts sitting in the middle of dry counties has actually helped when it comes to the subject.

"DUI driving has dropped because they're not drinking on the road. They're closer to home so they can wait until they get home," said Tabor.

The tourism and convention commission in Cave City said since they've gone wet they've also generated a lot more interest from businesses about relocating to the town.

2016 will be the first full year of alcohol sales in the town, and the numbers are expected to be even higher.



 
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