Alcohol sales on Sunday will help Macomb economy

Jason Adams, Courier Staff

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It was reported last week that the Macomb City Council voted to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays for locations that purchase a special Sunday alcohol license. Previously, the only Sundays where you could buy alcohol from stores were on Super Bowl Sunday and if New Year’s fell on a Sunday. This rule dates back all the way to the prohibition era (maybe not the Super Bowl part). The new rule is reported to go into place on April 1 and current liquor license holders can apply for the new Sunday license.

The Sunday ban was a restriction that many people in Macomb have questioned and the removal of it has apparently been considered for quite some time now. It was a push from local Hy-Vee that set all of this in motion. In today’s day and age, the ban didn’t really make a whole lot of sense. Back when it was instituted, Sunday was more of a religious day for rest and spending time with family. The sale of alcohol corrupted that idea so it wasn’t allowed, not just in Macomb, but across the country. As time went on, more and more places started allowing Sunday sales. Some stores in Chicago have permission to sell on Sundays as early as 8 a.m., for when you really need that early morning mimosa. Macomb was actually the first place I heard still had that restriction in place, it was only a matter of time before it was lifted.

There are definitely significant benefits to lifting the ban. The biggest and most obvious one is that an extra day to sell will lead to more sales. Previously, if you needed alcohol on Sunday, you had to buy it on Saturday or go out of town to get it. Being able to sell on Sundays will lead to increased revenue for the stores, which will help the economy. It also helps the city as it brings more money in for the additional license, as well as extra tax dollars from the sales. More money going into Macomb, will definitely help the local economy and community. The change could also mean more hours for the employees and potentially some hirings, introducing more money that will go back into the economy. It’s also convenient and maybe even safer for the consumer, as they can run into the store instead of having to plan farther ahead or driving to a neighboring town that allowed Sunday sales. The less distance you have to drive to get alcohol, the better.

As I stated earlier, the Sunday ban had been in place since prohibition. Prohibition ended back in 1933, meaning that this ban has been in place for almost 90 years. A lot has changed socially in our society in 90 years. Back then, the ban may have made sense, but it hasn’t for quite some time now. It’s good to see Macomb moving in the right direction with this decision. It’ll be interesting to see how the local economy changes in the upcoming months.

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