Sunday Spirits

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Knoxville, TN 37902

I commend your Nov. 5 article pointing out the need to take a deeper look at Tennessee’s “patchwork” of liquor laws. [“Liquor Laws Need a Complete Rewrite,” Frank Talk by Frank Cagle] Of course, the most glaring example of inefficient and backward alcohol policy is the state’s continued ban on the sale of alcohol by private retail store owners on Sundays.

Tennessee is one of only a handful of states that cling to such a restrictive “blue law” banning Sunday sales at spirits outlets—despite the fact that restaurants and bars sell alcohol every day of the week.

Consumer demographics have changed since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Sunday has become the second-busiest retail shopping day of the week. As would-be consumers spend Sundays flocking to malls, shopping for groceries, and eating at restaurants, Tennessee’s spirits outlet owners have no choice but to turn customers away at the door.

Repealing this outmoded ban on Sunday sales will give consumers more convenience and the state additional revenue at a time when it’s all very much-needed.

Ben Jenkins

Communications Director,

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Washington, D.C.

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