Liquor stores can now be open on Sundays after Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill approving the measure on Friday. (WSMV)
ANTIOCH, TN (WSMV) –
Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill, and it’s official. You can buy from a liquor store starting this Sunday.
Just because stores can sell this Sunday doesn’t mean they will.
Many liquor store owners have been against the bill. Some said they’re staying closed on Sundays. Others said it was a tough call.
"Hey Dennis!" said Kevin Kidd from behind a counter, watching as a regular customer walked through his door.
"How are you today?"
Know the customers. Know the product. Kidd said that’s how his Kidd Wine and Spirits has lasted 10 years in Antioch. His place might be about to see a major change, a move to a seven-day work week.
"It is not good for the independent retailers at all," said Kidd.
While the bill signed Friday allows liquor stores to be open Sundays, Kidd said that’s another day of costs for staffing and costs just to keep the lights on.
"I don’t look for to it being lucrative," he said. "I don’t look for it to add significance to the bottom line revenue. These type of things will make the revenue probably minuscule at best."
Kidd pointed out staying open Sundays is what his customers seem to want.
"But customer excitement doesn’t always lead to revenue," he said.
While he doesn’t have staffing set for this Sunday, Kidd’s making decisions soon about the Sundays to come.
"It’s one of those things where you debate," he said. "If you are not open, then potentially your customer goes to another store. Business pressures probably dictate we do change the hours."
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