Texans may soon be able to buy liquor on Sundays if a bill introduced in the Texas House passes.
If this bill is passed, it would allow liquor stores to be open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sundays and would extend hours during the week to 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. While it would mean an extra day of sales, some local liquor stores are fine with the current law.
Many of the local stores are run by families and they like having Sunday off to take a break and spend time with their families.
“It’s nice to have the day off. Some people drink to much and everybody should have a day off, not drinking on Sundays,” Super 9 Liquor Store owner Meng Lim said.
“It’s important to have that day off in the middle to spend time with your family or church, one thing or another,” Kocks Liquor Store co-owner Victor Kocks said.
Another day of business does not necessarily translate to more cash in the register at the end of the business week.
“The customers I have now buy on Saturday night for the weekend if they have a party or something going on, so it will just create another day of expense for employees, electric bill, gas bill and whatever else,” Kocks said. “It will end up costing me money in the end. I don’t think there will be much business on Sundays to start out with.”
Independent local owners said the stores could potentially benefit the most from changes in liquor laws would be giant retailers.
“It’s a big push for the big stores,” Kocks said. “They are trying to get Wal-Mart H-E-B and a lot of the big chains involved. They are already open on Sunday, so this is a big push for them to get open on Sundays since they are going to be there anyway.”
Even if the bill passes, some liquor stores may still keep their doors closed on Sunday.
“I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it, but I would consider it,” Lim said.
“I can promise you Kocks Liquor Store is not going to open on Sunday,” Kocks said.
If the bill passes the local stores will have a decision to make, either open to compete with others that open or stay closed on Sundays as they have for about 60 years.
This bill has just been introduced and has not been sent out of committee. If the bill does pass as it is written it will go into effect on Sept. 1.