Sunday Packaged Alcohol Sales in Franklin


FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- In July of 2012 the people of Franklin voted to have packaged alcohol sales in their community.

The city already had liquor by the drink sales in place, and in a vote that saw low turnout, the people of Franklin voted the city wet in almost a two to one fashion on July 17th last year.

Franklin allows packaged alcohol sales on Sundays, something surrounding cities like Bowling Green don't do.

"When the packaged liquor sale vote passed, the city then had to do an ordinance that pertained to packaged liquor sales, we just mirrored our ordinance for packaged sales to match what was already in place with our liquor by the drink sales ordinance," said Franklin City Commissioner Mason Barnes.

First Baptist Church in Franklin has been opposed from the beginning and they don't like the sales on Sunday.

"We feel like the sale of alcohol is just another way of diminishing the significance of that day. So, our hope would be that there would be some kind of curtailing of that on Sunday," said Franklin First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jerry Gifford.

City officials and those in the church community say they haven't heard anything much lately on the issue.

"We haven't heard much since the initial vote was taken. There was a little bit of discussion shortly there after, but for the most part it's been a dead issue over the last year," said Gifford.

"I've not really gotten any feedback one way or the other. I've not heard anything negative or positive," said Barnes.

Franklin currently only has two liquor stores.

One of them said they have really good business on Sunday, and it helps that other communities aren't open then.

The community will really be able to look at the numbers once the stores have been open longer.

In a vote that saw low turnout, the people of Franklin voted the city wet in almost a two to one fashion on July 17th last year.


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