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Sunday Liquor Sales in Fayetteville's Future?

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Benton County has gone wet and Sunday liquor sales are legal in Springdale, but the question is if Fayetteville will ever follow suit.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Benton County has gone wet and Sunday liquor sales are legal in Springdale, but the question is if Fayetteville will ever follow suit.

"Originally, state law did not allow any kind of Sunday sales and through the years the state law has gotten a little more lenient."

The City of Fayettville did not always have liquor by the drink in restaurants or beer and wine in grocery stores. That all changed over time, but laws against Sunday liquor sales are sticking around for now.

"A group would have to want this occur a group of citizens and they would have to gather petitions... They'd have to get 15-percent of the number of voters that voted in the last municipal election and if they got 15-percent, then that would in fact call an election," said Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams.

So far, he has not heard anybody begging to buy booze on Sunday.

"The liquor store owners have not thought there would be much of an effect upon them, that's probably why there's not been a move."

The cost of staying open seven days might outweigh possible purchases, and while several liquor stores have seemingly strong opinions on both sides, they are not sharing their two cents.

"If the liquor store owners believe that they are losing too much, then they might want to try to be open on Sunday. I think before, they were probably happy not to have to be open seven days a week."

Thanks to neighboring Springdale, many financial benefits of Sunday sales are still staying in Washington County, Arkansas. And as for Fayetteville, there is still a chance.

"I think it is very likely that sometime in the future that might occur... We have adapted over the years to get a little more lenient and a little more accepting of alcoholic beverages."

We also checked in with Jim Phillips of County Line Liquor in Springdale, and he said Sunday sales are going well. The financial impact is not hugely significant, but he is just glad those dollars are staying in Arkansas and not crossing state lines into Missouri.


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