Valdosta Residents & Businesses Take Full Advantage Of Sunday Sales

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - Jan. 29, 2012 -

Valdosta residents voted and now they have it.
An ordinance allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales has been in effect for a month now.
Local package stores like Smittys on Baytree Drive are now open on Sundays.

It's an alien sight for traditional Valdosta residents.
Whiskey, vodka and plenty of beer all being sold on Sunday.
With the ordinance in full effect, many package stores are now cashing in seven days a week.

"Some people like watching the football game and that's [often] on Sunday. People like Nascar, that's [often] on Sundays. So it just makes sense to be able to buy your alcohol on Sunday too," Smitty's clerk Dustin Presley tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg.

The Sunday Sales ordinance just passed by a nose in November's Election with a slim majority vote.
Store owners have quickly been taking advantage, some being able to get their licenses faster than others.

Many store owners report that Sunday Sales are netting big profits.
Smitty's employees say Sundays blow away Mondays and Tuesdays.
Others stores report the sales are barely worth the extra day of work.
Not everyone is thrilled about being open seven days a week.
Some stores are only doing it to keep up with the competition.

"We have to work on Sundays, that's the only bad part, but if it makes everybody else happy, might as well," says Presley.

Then there are still many traditionalists who believe that Sundays should be kept sacred.

There's no question "Sunday Sales" is an important issue in Valdosta.
In November's election, according to the Valdosta City Council, it was the single issue that garnered the most votes.

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- Valdosta, Ga. - November 06, 2011 -

Selling alcohol in stores on Sundays is illegal in Valdosta, but a referendum on the ballot for Tuesday's election may change that.

The referendum will let voters decide whether alcohol should be sold on Sundays.
That means packaged beer, liquor, and wine could be sold between 12:30 in the afternoon and 11:30 at night.
Right now citizens can only buy alcohol on Sundays at local restaurants and bars.

"Tuesday, I'm definitely voting for it to be changed. I want it to be a wet city," said VSU student Clint Wallace.

"It really doesn't bother me. I'm not a big drinker so it really doesn't take a toll on me," said VSU student Stan Barnett.

Now a common argument to hear from people who are in favor of changing the law is that if they're picking up some groceries and maybe a six pack, then why should it matter what day of the week it is?
But still others say this is a conservative town and Sundays should be kept sacred.

The Valdosta City Council voted in October 2010 unanimously in favor of the measure.


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  • by LOL Location: Fla on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:51 AM
    Why not just buy the alcohol on Saturday and wait and drink it on Sunday. No big deal.
  • by Early Cuyler on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    This ain't Valdosta! Can't be! Dern electrcity, cars, roads,internet, now alcohol !
  • by Rachel Styles on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    Alcohol affects people differently. Some people after a night of drinking can sleep the day away but other people wake up early after a night of drinking. If you want to know why your body does this, this article gives a great explanation on it. http://explainlikeakid.blogspot.com/2011/10/why-you-wake-up-early-when-you-drink.html
  • by THE TRUTH Location: VALDOSTA GA on Nov 7, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    WHY NOT SELL ALCOHOL ON SUNDAYS THERES OTHER PLACES TO GET IT SO I THINK U SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY IT IN YOUR HOME TOWN INSTEAD OF GOING TO OTHER CITIES ON SUNDAYS TO BUY ALCOHOL
  • by It's OK Location: Lake Park on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    If I'm Christian, I would invite Jesus to my Wedding party. He turns water in to wine. Not just any ol' wine, it's the BEST wine. Oh,oh, down in the south your not supposed to drink alcohol. Ever gone to an AA meeting in Valdosta and discovered how many Baptists are recovering in AA? It would shock you!
  • by AB Location: GA on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    If you are a Christian, then keep Sundays sacred yourself, don't try to make people who do not share your beliefs follow your rules. No one will force you to buy booze.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:59 AM in reply to AB
      stop serving wine in churches for communion on sundays and serve grape juice instead.
  • by anon on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    WAKE UP MADISON COUNTY COMMISIONERS,WE WANT TO BUY ALCOHOL IN OUR COUNTY ON SUNDAYS.WHY AS CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY GO AND GIVE OTHER COUNTIES OUR MONEY WHEN WE CAN SPEND IT RIGHT HERE IN OUR COUNTY!!!!
  • by MADD Location: POLLING BOOTH on Nov 7, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    That is not fair to say. Our State's Attorneys fiances can already drink on Sunday and drive here in Tallahassee. It is a logistical problem to prevent them from arrest but not a legal one. The article is to encourage Valdosta to promote DUI like TPD, Assistant State Attorney Mutz, and Willie Meggs.
  • by No More Meggs Location: Tallahassee on Nov 7, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    We should at least allow the fiances of assistant state attorneys to purchase alcohol on Sundays. The roads are less congested and they could drive themselves home instead of calling an assistant state attorney to give them a ride. Just think...we could prevent our State Attorney's office from becoming a Taxi and they just might have time to prosecute a crime.
  • by rev. john Location: valdosta on Nov 6, 2011 at 10:25 PM
    like there are not enough crossesin the ditches.
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