CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) -Statewide the retail sale of liquor is only permitted Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm and. Sunday sales are banned. However, a new proposed state house bill would give counties the option to put Sunday liquor sales up for a vote- to let the public decide if Sunday liquor sales are something they’d like to see.
The owner of Pence’s Liquor in Downtown Charleston doesn’t think that staying open on Sundays will make much of a difference for local stores in terms of revenue. He thinks that many stores may still choose to remain closed on Sundays.
“I think ½ of the stores would open up and the other stores may say i don’t think it will help me. some of them may open up and see if it does anything..i think a lot of people will just stay with the Saturday shopping.”
He believes that it would be more effective if the bill allowed liquor stores to stay open until 9 p.m. rather than permitting Sunday business.
“I really think they are going after this wrong. i think they should go after a later time, so that you can grab 2 more hours. by law that door has to be locked at 7pm, but we have a lot of people & tourists at this store that knock on the door at 7:05pm and say please please, but you cant open that door. i think if you were open till 9 o’clock it would benefit everybody & it would bring more taxes into the state”
The manager of a Bay Street Biergarten, Jesse Flores, says he doesn’t share the sentiments of the liquor store owner and would vote in favor of the retail sale of liquor on Sunday.
“Well, I would definitely vote for it. i have had plenty of experience where i just forgot to pick up a couple things at the liquor store leading up to a Sunday. Sunday are big days down in the south. we love football and especially in the fall and having the opportunity to go to the liquor store and pick something up during the game day is a positive thing.”
If the bill passes, then the permit to sell liquor on Sunday will only be issued the counties in South Carolina that generate at least $1 million in accommodations tax revenue. The Lowcountry meet that qualification, so then it will be up for you to decide.