New law allows earlier liquor sales on Sundays

New law won't be put into effect for another 90 days

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The state is hoping a change in the liquor law will help boost sales on Sunday. 22News is working to tell you what this change is all about.

All retail liquor stores will now be able to open at 10 A.M. on Sunday. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law on Thursday, but it won’t take effect for another 90 days.

Supporters say the chance will allow state liquor stores to be more competitive, helping game-day tailgaters and liquor stores near the state line of Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Up until now, the earliest liquor stores could open on Sunday was noon.

The owner of Liquors 44, Andrew Morrison, told 22News he thinks overall it’s a good change in the law. “We have three locations are near a major supermarket and their busiest day is Sunday and we see people walking up to our door thinking we are open, but because we can’t open until noon, they realize it’s early and they have to come back,” said Morrison.

Morrison also told 22News one possible drawback would be having to find employees to work those hours or having to pay them overtime. It was back in November of 2003 when the state first allowed liquor sales on Sunday.

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