Do you support Sunday liquor sales?

Customers come and go from Total Wine in Roseville, Minn. July 29, 2014. Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

It is still illegal in Minnesota to operate a liquor store on Sundays.

Previous attempts to legalize Sunday liquor sales have failed, “often by lopsided margins,” writes MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire. “But supporters keep trying.”

Sen. David Osmek, R-Mound, said some proposals would allow cities to decide individually whether to allow Sunday sales. Osmek said he’ll introduce a bill to simply lift the statewide prohibition.

“I think as people start to debunk the myths that we currently have on Sunday sales, I think more and more people are going to come across and be in favor of letting businesses determine when they want to be open,” Osmek said.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has previously said he would sign a bill allowing Sunday sales if it landed on his desk.

The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association is among the groups that support the current ban. There are also many like-minded legislators.

Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, said he voted against lifting the ban on Sunday sales in the past and will do it again this session when and if it comes up.

“Most of these liquor stores are small mom and pop shops, and they’d really like a day off,” Davids said.

Today’s Question: Do you support Sunday liquor sales?

  • Yanotha Twangai

    Yes. And beer and wine should be available in grocery stores, too. Heck, when I visit Iowa I can buy a bottle of booze at Wal-Mart. There’s no good reason to cling to these last remnants of the old blue laws.

  • Gary F

    Yes, though it will make it harder on the small mom and pop and muni.

    But that means making an effort to shop at your small independent/muni liquor store as tempting as it is to go to the big box stores. Same goes for hardware stores, grocery stores, etc.

  • Mark in Ohio

    I am in favor of Sunday sales. I wish someone could explain the logic of something being legal for several hours, illegal for several hours, legal again for several hours, illegal for more than one day, then legal again for several hours, in a periodically repeating pattern? It should either be legal or illegal. The times it is available for purchase, if legal, should be up to the vendor selling the merchandise. Bolts and nails are legal to purchase any day or hour, but I can’t always get into the stores selling them as they have worked out what hours make the most sense for them to be open. I see no difference between this and alcohol.

    • There is a big difference. Alcohol has effects on society that hardware does not have. It’s night and day. Any beginning level sociology class will teach you this. Have you ever heard the phrase, “No man is an island” ? Whether we like it or not, our actions and behaviors have an affect on other people, whether it’s buying lumber products, using the internet, or consuming alcohol. But with alcohol, the issue becomes complex because of the dangers it poses. We all know someone who has abused alcohol in the past. This wouldn’t be so bad if we all lived in a vacuum and didn’t hurt other people, either by driving drunk or becoming abusive with our spouse or children. But we know that alcohol has negative effects on people. And these effects cost society a lot of $$.

      • Dave M

        None of this has anything at all to do with selling alcohol on Sundays.

      • John Dilligaf

        If you’re habitually abusing alcohol, you’ve probably learned to buy enough Monday-Saturday to make it through Sunday.

  • The ban of Sunday liquor sales is definitely an outdated law and I’m in full support of its repeal, however I will miss having to ask “did you get your fifth on the third for the fourth?”

  • Robert Moffitt

    Yes.

  • Mark2309

    YES!!!

  • Fully support Sunday sales.

  • Elsa1965

    YES!! And each store can choose if they want to be open or not

  • Hugh Gitlin

    Yes, I support Sunday liquor sales. I also support Sunday automobile sales.

  • Austin

    Yes!

  • Rich in Duluth

    Yes. The state should not control when a legal business can sell its wares. Mom and Pop can determine for themselves which day of the week they want to take off.

  • Marilyn Madd

    No. That would hurt small neighborhood liquor stores.

    • Thank you!!!! If you read the majority of the responses here, they are all oriented toward what is most convenient for them, not for the smaller liquor stores. How self-absorbed and egocentric of a society do we live in? I think the answer lies in the purely selfish answers you’re finding here.

      • MDQA

        So you’re saying we should be less selfish and egocentric and pass new laws forcing all businesses to close on Sundays?

        What’s the problem with that? Don’t tell me you’re so egocentric and self-absorbed that you want to fill up your gas tank on a Sunday?! Can’t you think of the small business owners? Can’t you just plan ahead? Think of the strain relief on law enforcement if they didn’t have to investigate drive-offs on Sundays!

        As you can see, that tired argument falls apart pretty quickly.

        • a_tribe_called_chris

          Exactly- I think Rex might be one of those hated lobbyists…

        • First of all, I don’t think it’s a tired argument. It’s a generalization based on the comments I’m reading here. I have no problem with consumer choice, but there are limits, and there will always be costs associated with change. My point was simply that people are looking at this issue in a very one-sided manner, in other words, how does it benefit THEM personally, without thinking about the ramifications. That’s a product of the “Me” generation thinking. Yes, I’m selfish too, if I weren’t, I wouldn’t be able to identify it in other people, at least, not honestly. Let’s be honest here. People in this country are so mesmerized by the idea of immediate gratification we’ve tuned out our ability to empathize with our fellow human beings. That is NOT a tired argument.

          • MDQA

            I am one who considers both sides of issues, which is why myself and others here have been asking for evidence of any kind of problems or ramifications in the 38 states that have already crossed this bridge. What kind of ramifications should I be considering?

            I understand why a small business would rather do a week’s worth of business in 6 days rather than 7. I’m sure they’d rather do a week’s worth in 1 day. But for the government to force these rules upon any business seems outside the bounds of what they should be mandating. Especially when the majority of Minnesotans want Sunday sales.

            In the interest of consumer selflessness, would you support a ban on all Sunday business transactions? Where are you going with this?

          • Dave M

            You have built this up in your head as a key issue facing us. It is not.

      • a_tribe_called_chris

        Dude, who cares about them?? If you are in business then do what your customers want or lose business.

    • Tyler

      Weird. When I lived in Wisconsin, there were still plenty of small, neighborhood liquor stores that were open. Is there evidence showing declines in revenue among small liquor stores in states that don’t have blue laws compared to ones that do?

  • Greg

    100% yes

  • james wheeler

    Of course! I can’t believe a progressive state like ours would stick with a backwards law!

  • Jon Mark De Ment

    Absolutely! These antiquated, Fundamentalist Blue Laws are an embarrassment to our great state.

  • John Murray

    Nobody’s forcing those mom and pop shops to be open. If they want to stay closed on Sunday, fine. But quit holding the rest of the entire state back for this selfish reason.

  • WendyMN

    YES! No one is forcing the liquor stores to be open. If they are not losing sales to the bordering states don’t open. But the liquor stores that want to be open should have that choice.

    • John

      That’s exactly what I was going to say on the topic.

    • You make it sound so easy! But in reality it isn’t really that easy. If you say, OK, if you don’t want to open on a certain day, fine, don’t. But if a small liquor store decides not to open, even just one day a week, it will have a strongly negative effect on their overall sales, not just on the one day they chose to close. That’s because buyers’ preferences will shift toward the big box retailer and in the end we are hurting the corner liquor stores. Do we really want to revert the economy to being subservient to the big box retailers like Walmart? Not me. If banning Sunday sales helps the smallest retailers, I’m for what helps them. That’s a pro-business stance, but pro SMALL business. We need to do whatever we can to preserve the integrity of the economic fabric of our communities. We aren’t doing this by patronizing the big box retailers.

      • MDQA

        It sounds like small liquor stores should decide to stay open all 7 days, then, and I will continue to patronize them.

        Consumer preference for the big box stores is going to be a fact of life no matter what the small guys do. Surely there are still plenty of small business liquor stores still thriving in states allowing Sunday sales?

        Casanova Liquors in Hudson, perhaps? Or maybe they are being sustained by all of the MN residents (such as myself) patronizing them on Sundays! 😉

        • Tyler

          “Surely there are still plenty of small business liquor stores still thriving in states allowing Sunday sales?”

          There are. The idea that allowing liquor stores to be open on Sundays will lead to Wal-Mart becoming the only place to buy booze isn’t true.

      • Dave M

        Just entertaining your flimsy argument for a moment here. Corner liquor stores, at least in my area, have a lousy selection and very high prices. I don’t generally shop them anyway.

  • Eric

    Duh. Yes.

  • Mrs. Jenna

    Yes. And also yes.

  • guest

    Yes – lift the ban on Sunday sales. (Car sales, too.)

    Lifting the ban would not force any of these businesses to open their doors on Sundays – the stores should be able to decide which days they are open. If they want a day off, they can stay closed on Sundays. Or Mondays. Or Tuesdays. Or whenever they want. I’m pretty sure none of the proposed legislation has said liquor stores MUST be open on Sundays. If any of these stores start losing business to the other guys who are open, that’s their own fault. I don’t want anyone to lose their livelihood, but that’s capitalism.

    The state government should not be enforcing laws that prevent businesses from being open one day a week.

  • Katie

    What about franchised gas stations and mom and pop boutiques? If that’s truly the reason legislators are not allowing liquor sales on Sunday, then let’s close all retail to give vendors a day off.

    Retailors always have the option to be closed any day of the week, or have different hours. To suggest that we need an exception for one sector of the retail market is a poor argument at best, blindly ignorant at worst.

    Further, there are many consumer sales that are lost because there is no supply available. I frequently find myself invited out of Sunday and unable to bring a bottle of wine / six pack because I can’t purchase one. Its not a purchase that I can shift to Monday, or the previous Saturday.

    Let’s be frank. The Sunday liquor sale ban is an outdated morality-based law. It’s time to repeal it and leave the choice to individual vendors and consumers.

    • On the surface, this makes sense. But it’s much more complex than that. Morality aside, there are separate costs associated with alcohol consumption that most people aren’t considering when they suggest repeal of the current laws. We know that Minnesota ranks highly among the worst states for drinking and driving. Yes, law enforcement needs to deal with this problem on Sundays anyway, but the problem will get worse if Sunday sales are permitted. I personally would like to see Sunday sales, but I don’t drink anywhere but at home. Also, think about the incidence of domestic abuse and the possibility that it could increase with additional alcohol consumption. Those are just two issues that will need to be addressed if Sunday sales is allowed here.

      • Dave M

        So far you have not shown any evidence whatsoever — it’s all conjecture on your part.

        FWIW, I heard the other day on MPR that drunken driving arrests have declined in Minnesota in recent years as enforcement has increased.

      • MDQA

        Interesting how you say that Minnesota is one of the worst states for drinking and driving. You would think that, if this was truly a correlating factor, we’d be well under the 38 states that already allow Sunday liquor sales.

  • Dave L

    Yes, absolutely no reason not to, and the only reason it hasn’t passed is that people or possibly a union that’s involved with liquor stores have told congressmen that they don’t wanna rewrite their labor contracts, that’s the only reason, cuz some people are lazy.

    • You may be right about that, but isn’t it a little simplistic to chalk it up to laziness that these laws are still in place? I think there’s a political tug of war going on here, and it’s not just the unions and it’s not just labor contracts. It’s a mish-mash of who would benefit most from repeal, not to mention the litany of new problems you’ll have to deal with if Sunday sales is permitted. And you WILL have a new problems. For example, law enforcement may need to be beefed up, and that costs us all money. How much are we willing to pay for the freedom to buy alcohol on a specific day of the week?

      • Dave M

        I’m willing to pay for that freedom. I’m willing to pay the miniscule costs associated with all the theoretical problems someone could dream up. (Bellyaching on the part of liquor store owners does not count.)

        Where do you get the idea that there would be a law enforcement issue? Can you please demonstrate and/or quantify that concern?

  • Dave M

    “Most of these liquor stores are small mom and pop shops, and they’d really like a day off”

    Then stay closed. Free country, right? America? Freedom? I thought the government needed to get out of the way of business.

    • Sure, in theory, a free market economy should be free. But we’ve seen the practical side of this. Unregulated, businesses run amock and do damage, not only to other people and businesses but to the economy as a whole. The economic debacle of 2008 should have taught us that much. If you legalize Sunday sales, and I’m not saying one way or another whether they should, you will create new problems that aren’t there now. You will have to be prepared to deal with that. And that means society as a whole, not just the alcohol industry.

      • Dave M

        Now you’re comparing sunday liquor with the Wall Street crooks who screwed us to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars?

      • guesty guesterman

        Nobody – NOBODY – is suggesting going from the current law to some sort of unregulated, Wild West, scenario.

        Good Lord, think of the children … think of the children!

      • MDQA

        Luckily we aren’t the guinea pigs of this scenario, and we can look to the 38 other states who have Sunday sales – most for decades now. What kind new problems have they seen created? Why aren’t they reverting back to banning Sunday sales due to all of these new problems?

    • Donovan Gruebele

      I don’t really consider Surdyk’s, Haskell’s, MGM and the like, “small mom and pop shops”.

  • Spectrum

    I fully support the legalization of Sunday sales, and strongly question why special interest groups (the unions and certain store owners) have been able to prevent the legalization of Sunday sales when most of the population supports it. Businesses have every right to decide for themselves if they don’t want to be open. They don’t have the right to dictate what other business owners are allowed to do.

  • Jim Hartmann

    Absolutely

  • Garth

    Yes, it should be up to the owner whether they are open or not, not the state. Also, support your local shops, some people seem worried that they’re going to suffer. If a shop fails, it’s not because of Sunday sales or even Total Wine, the fault is on the business for not giving the customers what they want/need. Some shops are going to have work at it to stay open, and that’s whats scary about lifting this ban.

    • a_tribe_called_chris

      That is why I support Total Wine. Not only do they have the best prices they are challenging the liquor lobby bullies and supporting Sunday sales.

  • Brandon

    YES!

    End of story.

  • Mike

    There are a number of small, independent restaurants in my area that close on Mondays or other standard business days. They have been in business for years. If a restaurant can close one day a week because they feel like it, why should independent liquor stores be any different? If you don’t want to open on Sunday, then don’t. I’ll still shop there the other days of the week.

  • yes! Yes! YES! I musta missed the 11th commandment which apparently states that you can only drink on Sunday wot you purchased on Saturday…

    I realize our legislators are not geniuses, but maybe they can hire somebody to write a law that offers an option to mom and pop stores so that they can be closed any day(s) they want? You know, skip the “All liquor stores MUST BE OPEN ON SUNDAY.” language.

  • Yes, although reluctantly. I sympathize with smaller liquor store owners who wish to have Sundays to be with their families. Small business people work hard and deserve a day of rest. On the other hand, maybe Sunday sales would increase employment as well as revenue. Smaller liquor store owners might hire someone to do just weekends, for example, and that would make it possible for them to have more family time while contributing to the economy in a constructive way.

    • Donovan Gruebele

      And, wouldn’t it make more sense to be closed on a slow retail day, like Monday or Tuesday?

  • Jamison S.

    Yes. This is an outdated law, and the reasons for keeping it don’t hold up to scrutiny. Other states that have changed their Sunday laws have shown an increase in revenue, not a loss.

  • Edward

    YES!!! It’s the fact that MN has Municipal Liquor stores, many of which lose money, my hometown being a great example of that, that keeps the Sunday prohibition going. The towns don’t want to lose any more money by being open another day, and use the law as their crutch to that.

  • Jeff Luskey

    YES!!! it is totally wrong to allow the Minnesota wineries the right to sell their bottles of wine on Sunday and not allow the Craft Brewers in Minnesota to sell their beers by growler at the Brewery or bottles at the liquor stores on Sunday.

    • I totally support growler sales at the brewery. But NOT Sunday liquor sales.

      • Dave M

        The majority of this state disagrees with you. But that won’t matter, because elected officials don’t represent the voters; they represent lobbyists.

        Prove me wrong, legislators.

      • Jeff Luskey

        They are tied together, they won’t separate them, they tried and failed. It is still wrong for wineries to sell on Sunday and not the craft brewers. The winery law should be reversed to keep things fair.

  • Daniel J. Peters

    Yes. Let’s keep the govt’ out of my liver!

  • Erik

    Yes. Let’s catch up to the other 45 states that allow it.

  • Jack

    Definitely. Time we get with it.

  • MDQA

    100% yes. I am tired of driving to Hudson just because Sunday is my day for running errands. I’m also tired of having a taproom serve me a delicious new beer, yet I can’t take home a growler of it because it happens to be a certain day of the week.

    Small liquor stores could also still keep 6 day weeks if they want, but at least then they’d have the option to close on the weekday with the lowest sales, rather than a big sales day like Sunday.

  • Mikey

    No other industry has a government regulation in place to keep small Mom and Pop shops in business. Why do liquor stores? This is all the MLBA and their lobbyists. Get these bullies out of the Capitol and let’s get with the times.

  • Ryan Flanders

    Yes. The bars are still open, so why close the stores?

    • Donovan Gruebele

      So, only bars can make money off of booze on Sundays? Curious…

  • Stop ALL prohibitions NOW!

    I worked in a small liquor store in Nevada where they were allowed to be open 24/7. The owner decided it was most economical for him to close at 10:00pm and reopen at 8:00am. He had the FREEDOM to make the best financial decision for himself, and guess what, he wasn’t wanting for money. Right now this bs about mom and pop shops wanting to close is essentially a government subsidy for them, and not in the best interest of the majority of people who voted the political shills that are keeping minnesota in the 1950’s.

  • Charles D. Rhoden III

    I support Sunday liquor and growler sales. If a small business owner in ANY other area of retail sector wants a day off, they have to plan for it. A government mandated day off is not in the interest of the general consumers, voters, or the business itself.

  • Vic

    Yes. If we want to make this fair, put it to a vote. Mom & pop each gets a vote along with everyone else. It’s time for our elected officials to represent the voters rather than shilling for their special interests.

  • a_tribe_called_chris

    Yes. No one says they cannot have a day off. If you don’t want to be open then stay closed. My business will go elsewhere. This Lobby makes me sick I want Sunday Sales!

  • Tyler

    It works just fine in literally every other state that does it. Why do people think it can’t work here?

  • Owen

    I’m another supporter of Sunday sales, even though I don’t know if I’d use the chance very much. The resistance is an example of people with a state sponsored benefit trying to hold on to it.

  • Rick

    Yes, allow Sunday liquor sales, 24-7 in any store that wants to. Get those Victorian moral guidance laws off the books.

  • BettyTisel

    Yes, and I drink very little. Leave it to the owner of each establishment. It bothers me that they cling to this Sunday deal – smacks of Christian-centric culture and we are way more diverse than that. My understanding is that Blue laws were developed in part to promote or protect Sunday religious practices. Pfffft.

    • Dave M

      At this point it really has nothing to do with Christians or blue laws. That’s what they want you to think, because it diverts attention from the real culprits — the special interest groups like the beverage association and the teamsters.

      • BettyTisel

        thank you! Do the Bev Assn and teamsters want to avoid working on Sundays? is that their objection? I don’t get it

  • Ogie Oglethorpe

    I respect a stores decision to choose to be closed on holidays like New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even Christmas Eve because they would like to be closed on those days. However I don’t think it is okay for a minority of stores to be forced to be closed because a majority of stores want to be closed without the temptation of being able to open.
    It is very apparent that a good majority of stores don’t want to be open, and as the picture is painted only a few stores would like to open. Yet somehow the majority of stores feel as though they would be compelled to open as a result of Sunday sales. Yet they claim that there would be added costs to do so with not additional revenue. It is as if these business owners would be forced into a situation where they would be losing money.
    I would think that these small business owners would have the business savvy to do a cost benefit analysis to determine if the additional costs of being open are worth the revenue generated from being open, and capable of making the bold decision to be closed if it was not worth their while.

  • Sarah

    Yes, I support liquor sales on Sundays. Businesses should choose when they wish to be open and when they wish to be closed. It’s as simple as that. The MLBA is trying to protect its majority of members – restaurants – by maintaining their Sunday “monopoly.” And for some reason, the unions are anti-Sunday sales, even though it likely wouldn’t affect them in a significant way. (Note: I’m generally very supportive of unions, but their opposition just doesn’t make sense to me.)

  • Clarence

    Yes, I support Sunday sales. I am especially concerned that start-up craft breweries be able to see growlers on Sunday.

  • Pearly

    I support all liquor sales!

  • Liquor store employee- Mpls

    I am a liquor store employee in Minneapolis. All of my fellow co-workers are against Sunday sales as are the owners of the business. I however welcome Sunday sales with open arms. It would give me more hours as I have offered to work every Sunday. I also know that our customers would be extremely happy that their local liquor store is open and not have to “cheat” and go to a competitor.
    We are a small shop and I think it is true that the primary reasons the owners are not looking forward to this change is that they feel they will have to follow suit and be open to compete with other stores. They also feel that business will be spread across the weekend so that there won’t be more profit gained from Sunday sales, but instead will be less sales on Saturdays and the added cost of being open an additional day. Lastly, they just want the day off. I think our solution will be having me work every Sunday as I have offered and other staff alternating having to work so they still do get their day off most weeks.
    I look forward to seeing what happens this session and welcome the debate.

    • MDQA

      Thanks for the interesting perspective. Has there been any talk among the staff about possibly still operating 6 days a week, but having the closed day be the least busy day (Tuesdays perhaps)?

  • Mike Reinsbach

    Yes the reasoning behind these laws is religious and antiquated.

  • Stpauliegirl

    I support Sunday sales and sales in grocery stores

  • Dave_MN

    Just because Sunday Sales are allowed, it doesn’t mean that a business is forced to be open. That argument is nonsense. Those mom and pop stores can still stay closed on Sunday, if they feel like it. In fact, they shouldn’t feel obligated to be open as they argue that there aren’t enough customers for it to be worthwhile being open on Sunday. Let their competitors go under by being open when “no one is shopping for beer and liquor”. Unless, *gasp*, it isn’t true, and they just want to manipulate the market to fit their preferences.

  • Donovan Gruebele

    #SundaySalesMN

  • Nate O

    Yes, Sunday Sales would allow taprooms and brewpubs to sell growlers throughout the weekend thus bringing in more revenue. With beer tourism growing more popular, as shown with the recent completion of Surly’s 30 million dollar destination brewery, visitors would have more flexibility in planning a weekend trip. Finally, Sunday = Football = Beer. The majority of mom & pop store owners that I know would welcome the change.

  • GrottenBrown

    The consumers of these products overwhelmingly support Sunday sales. The problem is that MNBEV is against it, lobbying for bars who don’t want the Sunday competition, distributors that don’t want to deliver, and liquor stores who don’t want to be open or others to be open either. I don’t think this is going to change anytime soon because there are enough conservative legistlators to stop it. I don’t think anything will change until we consumers band together and boycott those bars, distributors (their beer brands), and liquor stores who are the largest and most public with their opposition.

    • MDQA

      The more noise constituents make, the more they’ll take the issue seriously. Not all hope is lost on this one. MNBEV doesn’t hold as many votes as the rest of Minnesotans do. At some point they’ll start listening. I gave a lot of weight to this issue when I voted a couple months ago, and I hope others will start doing the same.

  • cheryle

    We do not allow automobile sales on Sunday. Why not change that law while we are at it.

  • AahHaaa

    My parents ran a “mom and pop” business for 12 years. They had no government oversight giving them a day off. This argument is nonsense. Why should liquor stores have this protection? Make the slow day the closed day, like any other business can.

  • JZ

    You don’t realize the effect of the collusion between the liquor lobby and our law makers until you leave MN for a bit and come back. In Iowa, you can buy beer and liquor anywhere, any day, and you always pay less than you do in MN despite a recycling deposit. Our antiquated liquor laws serve only to reduce convenience and increase prices substantially do to lack of competition. Moving back home to the Rochester area was an eye opener after being gone 8 years.

  • beerguy

    Why should government decide which days an independent business may be open?

  • BrassHopper

    I support the idea and think it should be put into a referendum. Let the public decide if our legislators only listen to MINBEV. They weren’t elected to represent businesses, they were elected to represent the people and contrary to what Mittens Romney believes, corporations are not people.

    • Lisa Holland Cousins

      Christ, why are you bringing Romney into this?

      • Lisa Holland Cousins

        And stop bashing corporations. They happen to employ a great number of people.

  • Brad Karels

    I support not only Sunday sales, but also sales from grocery and convenience stores as well. Get the gov’nt out of business.

  • Todd T

    Yes, I support Sunday sales.

  • Charles Robinson

    Absolutely. I can’t for the life of me figure out why MINBEV should have any say in the matter.

    And this “mom and pop want a day off” business – so what? Let them take the day off, if they like. “Oh, but we have to stay open if everyone else is open on Sunday” they’ll say – to which I reply: Since when does the government have to promise you you’ll have no competition?

    Minnesota’s liquor laws (and general “banned on Sunday” nonsense) are ridiculous. One only has to travel out-of-state for a few days to realize how backwards we look.

  • Max

    I think everyone who answered “yes” should take the time to email or call your state representative. Here’s some help: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

  • DP0702

    Yes, I do. Funny how Republicans claim to support the free market and keeping government out of the way of business, except when they don’t.

  • Joseph Witthuhn

    Yes!!! Minnesota needs to realize what year it is…

  • CharlesO

    If the public (i.e., voters) want to buy liquor on Sunday, they shouldn’t be told they can’t by some lobbyists. This is a tired argument. If the mom and pop liquor stores don’t want to be open, then don’t. We’ll find another liquor store to give our business to. And, even now, if people want to go to bars, they’ll go to bars. If they don’t want to go to bars, they’ll get they alcohol on Saturday or go to ‘Wisconsin. The bar owners won’t see that much of a difference.

  • Joseph Michael Mish

    Yes, liquor stores in MN should be allowed to sell and we should be allowed to buy purchase on Sunday.

  • David Wogen

    One objection to lifting the state ban on Sunday liquor sales is that liquor store owners would then be open seven days a week.

    “Most of these liquor stores are small mom and pop shops, and they’d really like a day off,” Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, said.

    We’re a ‘mom and pop’ bicycle shop and we can be open seven days a week. State law says we can be. We’re not. We can CHOOSE the day or days we want to be closed rather than have so antiquated blue law dictate it.
    So … what’s the problem?

  • bberheim

    Yes, liquor stores should be able to sell alcohol on Sunday. As many people have already said, Mom and Pops (or any level of store, for that matter) can choose to be open or not.

  • bob hicks

    Yes. The notion that mom and pop liquor shops deserve special protection is ridiculous. If some go out of business because they can’t or won’t adjust staffing to stay open, that’s just the nature of the beast.

  • bob hicks

    Yes also to having car dealers open on Sundays!

  • Alex Johansson

    The restriction does nothing but force a religious value on all Minnesotans and is a restriction on personal freedom. Same applies to car sales.

  • davehoug

    Regardless of why it started, liquor and car dealers would rather have the same sales spread over 6 days than 7. Today’s ban on Sunday sales is easier for them. Sure the consumer would rather have 7 days, but the same total sales have been spread over 6 days.

    Decide who wins, consumer or business, but the issue no longer has any connection to religious sensitivities.

  • PaulJ

    And at grocery stores too. Or better yet, sales of all mood altering substances should medicalized.

  • Matthew H

    The state shouldn’t be telling businesses what day of the week they can operate. If these mom and pop stores want to continue not being open on Sundays, they can remain closed and enjoy their day off. This is really about stifling competition. Those businesses that don’t mind being open on Sunday would quickly pull ahead on revenue over the other liquor stores that remain closed, and those liquor stores don’t like that, so they’re lobbying to keep the law as-is.

  • Cheryl H

    All the liquor stores in my city are municipal. I honestly like having the city’s liquor store closed on Sundays. It’s the only time people fill the local bars.

  • kjwc

    The no-Sundays rule is state support of a religion, and that is wrong.

  • Jud

    I support a business’s right to choose when they want to be open without being told by the state that they must close (automatically) for one day every week.

  • fluffy1173

    You know, Chick Fil A is quite a bit larger than a mom and pop, seems to do quite well as a business, and has no problems staying closed on Sunday.

  • Golly Gee

    I look at this as more a question of worker rights than a question of separation of church and state. Where possible, why not protect the little worker and middle manager slaving away for us by helping them stay home or going to the lake one day a week. And, since all laws are a matter of give and take, is the take here really that onerous for the drinking man or woman? Golly gee, can’t you just remember that the liquor store closes on Sunday?

  • Yanotha Twangai

    I would guess that making liquor stores close on Sundays (and not having beer & wine available in grocery stores) is bad for tourism and may be bad for attracting other businesses. When I visit states that don’t have those restrictions, it’s one of the things I like about them, one reason I wouldn’t mind going back, and one reason not to object to moving there if a job opportunity presented itself. If I lived elsewhere and visited Minnesota, those restrictions would irk me and would make it harder for a potential employer to attract me to move here. In the interest of making the state as welcoming as possible to all, we should push our legislature to change this.

  • Pat

    I’m from California and I have always thought this to be a ridiculous prohibition. You can buy alcohol in the grocery store there. One less stop. Just stop with useless laws already. People will drink when they want regardless. How about letting them when they can purchase. And where. End all blue laws.

  • mcavelli

    Just because mom and pop want a day off, doesn’t mean everyone else should be forced to do the same.

  • Jill

    Yes – its an archaic puritanical law.

  • ptoadstool

    If Sunday closing laws do not have their roots in religion, then it should be perfectly fine to force everyone to close on Wednesdays. Or Mondays.

  • bosoxfan

    Small store owners are against it because sales do not increase while expenses do. It’s disgraceful that governor Dayton and the legislature fought so hard to keep medical marijuana from sick children while they push expanded liquor sales for people who can’t plan their weekend binges in advance.

  • echoegami

    The people of MN want an end to the ban but the legislators are in the pockets of the MLBA who don’t want the ban lifted. Shows you who the legislators, like Greg Davids, are *really* working for doesn’t it.

  • Mort Wildfan

    They should be opened on Sunday, but closed on Friday, because that is the holy day of the week in Islam. Or open them on Sunday and close them on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. (Before you criticize, I am a practicing Roman Catholic and go to Mass EVERY Sunday.) Likewise schools should be open all year. Our calendar is rather arbitrary, archaic and reflects a largely agrarian society that was predominantly observant Christian. Nowadays, this has very little to do with religious observation and a lot to do with the status quo of various business interests. Let the consumer and market decide. I would vote in favor of Sunday sales.

  • Tamra Kramer

    As a small business owner (VOM FASS Mall of America), I
    emphatically support the repeal of the law preventing Sunday off sale liquor
    sales. I have two separate shops for my Oils, Vinegars & Spices and
    Liqueurs, Wines & Spirits, in compliance with current MN Law. Every Sunday,
    my staff and I watch from my Oils, Vinegars & Spices shop as potential
    customers with thousands of dollars in purchasing-power stand at my locked
    liquor store door, gazing at the specialty liqueurs, wines and spirits. 40 – 60
    percent of them are tourists. I won’t have an opportunity to sell liquor to them
    Monday – Saturday. Sunday is the day they chose to visit Mall of America and then
    they’re gone, along with $50,000+ in lost revenue annually – which could be the
    difference between my business succeeding or failing. Local folks are shopping
    on the day they find convenient want to be able to buy the same products as
    people who find Monday – Friday their most convenient shopping days.

    I employ 13 people; if my business fails, they lose an income
    and I’ll be bankrupt. Sunday liquor sales would add about 16 hours of staff
    time weekly, or approximately $10,000 additional annual payroll. For my
    employees, that can mean a college textbook, an oil change or a bus pass they
    can pay for that month. By the way, lost sales revenue and payroll also means
    lost state tax revenue!

    Sunday liquor sales would eliminate the need for exclusive
    liquor store space — separate stores and entrances for alcohol and food
    products. I want to open more VOM FASS shops in the Twin Cities. However, the combination
    of no Sunday sales revenue and $40,000 in additional construction costs for separate
    shops is prohibitive for a small, start up business!

    Independent and municipal liquor store owners who say they’ll
    have more expenses without offsetting revenue by being open on Sundays have every right to keep their shops closed on Sunday. I should have the right and
    opportunity to be open and sell liquor on Sunday, like businesses in the
    majority of states. I don’t have an industry association and big bucks to lobby
    my position. All I have is customers who want to buy my specialty liquors on
    Sunday. It’s time for our legislators to represent their constituents, the
    majority of whom support Sunday liquor sales.

    Respectfully,
    Tamra Kramer, Owner
    VOM FASS Mall of America