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|Friday, February 03, 2012||13:01|
Hartford, CT – (drinks media wire) - Connecticut’s centuries-old Blue Law banning Sunday alcohol sales will sideline package store owners and consumers this Super Bowl Sunday as border retailers from New York or Massachusetts ring in the sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), a national trade association representing thousands of brands sold in Connecticut.
“Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest home entertaining day of the year for sports fans, but Connecticut retailers have no choice but to shut their doors,” said DISCUS Vice President Jay Hibbard, noting that liquor store parking lots across state lines will see an influx of vehicles with Connecticut license plates this Sunday.
“Whether you’re cheering for New York or New England, one thing we can all agree on is that it’s time to repeal Connecticut’s inconvenient, inefficient and outdated Sunday Blue Law,” Hibbard said. He pointed out that in a recent poll, 66 percent of Connecticut residents supported repealing the Sunday ban.
According to DISCUS, 37 states across America allow Sunday spirits sales, but Connecticut and Indiana are the only two states in the entire country that ban spirits, beer and wine on Sundays at off-premise establishments such as package stores. Since 2002, 15 states have modernized their liquor laws by passing legislation allowing Sunday sales. Even Georgia in the Deep South passed local option Sunday sales in 2011 and over 100 communities immediately passed it, including an 82-18 percent tally in Atlanta, Georgia’s largest city.
“With friends and family gathering for the big game, Connecticut consumers deserve the right to stock up on chips, salsa, party platters, a case or two of beer, and a few bottles of wine, all on Super Bowl Sunday,” said Stan Sorkin, President of the Connecticut Food Association. “We are one of only two states in the entire country that still prohibits Sunday sales. This antiquated blue law makes absolutely no sense, especially on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Hibbard further added that in today’s modern economy, with dual-income households becoming the norm, Sunday is the second busiest shopping day of the week. “These archaic laws hinder consumers’ ability to purchase spirits for their Super Bowl parties,” he said. “It’s time to put Connecticut consumers first.”
NOTE: The EndCTBlueLaws coalition is running a print ad on Friday/Sunday highlighting Connecticut’s “SUPER Inconvenient” Blue Law. For a copy of the ad, contact Ben Jenkins at email@example.com.
|Name: Ben Jenkins|
|Company: Distilled Spirits Council of the United States|
|Address: 1250 Eye Street NW - DC 20005 Washington|
|Country: UNITED STATES|
|Phone: +1 202-682-8840|