If the Minnesota State Senate and House vote in favor of a Senate Commerce Committee bill, taproom sales and growler sales and refills can be a 7 days a week occurrence.
Paul Andersen, owner of Highway 25 Liquor, says, “I’m 100% against Sunday sales.”
Patrick Sundberg, owner of Jack Pine Brewery, says, “I think Sunday growler sales would be great. We live in a tourist area in Brainerd and there’s a lot of people leaving town on a Sunday.”
Local liquor don’t think Sunday alcohol sales would be profitable enough to be open.
Andersen says, “I’m looking at an added labor cost of $6,000 per year. I will not have enough sales to warrant being open on Sunday. From a business standpoint if the competition is open I have to be open.”
However this law could create new businesses and jobs.
Sundberg says, “Since the taproom law was passed, there’s been a lot of breweries, dozens of breweries opening up in the state. And they all have created jobs and has created a lot of interest in Minnesota beer.”
Is this bill just to allow taproom and growler sales? Or will this mean the beginning of the end of no alcohol sales on Sunday?
Sundberg, “It’s hard to tell. I don’t know if this is just a foot in the door and continue with the Sunday sales and gradually chip away, or if it’s just kind of an end point.”
Andersen, “If we open on Sundays, strong beer will end up in grocery stores. There is no argument on that. It will happen. And you don’t want it in grocery stores, you don’t want it in convenience stores for a safety issue.”
The bill still needs to make its way onto the state legislative floor before it can be voted on. Sixteen states have repealed their bans on no alcohol sold on Sunday since 2000. All of Minnesota’s neighbors sell alcohol on Sunday.