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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