City Set for Final Reading of Alcohol Ordinance


"If they don't want to stay open for their own beliefs or their own reasons for it, they don't have to be, but if a business feels they're going to benefit from being open on Sunday. They should have the right to choose how to operate their business in a free market," said Bowling Green resident Clay Plymale.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green City Commission will have its second reading of an ordinance that would make major changes in the city's alcohol laws.

One of the biggest points everyone is talking about is Sunday sales.

"If I had the urge to drink on Sunday and I didn't want to go pay restaurant prices, I might be more willing to come to a liquor store versus going to a restaurant," said Bowling Green resident Christopher Vibbert.

City officials approved a new law with a 3-2 vote last month.

A few of the commissioners said it was about having a choice to be open or not, and some in the community agree.

"I feel from the business standpoint, we should be able to be open on Sunday's if we would like. I also feel like from the consumer standpoint, if you want to consume or buy alcohol on Sunday, you should have that luxury," said Shenanigans Manager Brian Tucker.

"If they don't want to stay open for their own beliefs or their own reasons for it, they don't have to be, but if a business feels they're going to benefit from being open on Sunday. They should have the right to choose how to operate their business in a free market," said Bowling Green resident Clay Plymale.

At the meeting last month, some liquor store owners said it wasn't a choice.

"That's going to force me to be open, not because I have a choice. I have to follow competition. So, as a business person, some choices aren't mine. Even though I have the option, I can open, I can close, I can go out of business," said Lloyd Ferguson of Vette City Liquors.

Tucker said he's not sure right now if Sunday sales will be profitable.

"I don't want to say it's not going to be profitable. I think it's going to be interesting to find out. I would have to wait months to answer that question," said Tucker.

Some other big changes include restaurants being able to serve earlier and allowing smaller restaurants to be able to serve alcohol.

If passed on the second reading Tuesday night, city officials say liquor stores could be open as early this Sunday.

Officials say a passed ordinance has to be published in the local newspaper first.


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