July 17, 2017 01:50 PM
It's a moment Duluth customers waited for.
"Honestly, it's exciting because we thought last weekend," Maya Mattke said. "We thought it was supposed to be the first weekend for Duluth liquor sales and we were disappointed."
Duluth liquor stores opened on Sunday two weeks after other liquor stores in Minnesota could be open. This was because Duluth's city ordinance allowing Sunday liquor sales didn't change in time.
"It was definitely a bummer, we were excited to be open for that July 4th holiday," Jace Romano, SuperOne Liquor's store manager, said. "It would've been huge."
The wait is now over.
"We're excited. Customers have been excited for quite awhile," Romano said. "Just working Saturdays, people are always asking, 'Are you going to be open tomorrow?' and unfortunately we had to say no and turning down customers is kind of a bummer, but now that it's a possibility people are excited, we're excited."
Customers are glad they don't need to go across the bridge to Wisconsin on Sundays to buy liquor.
"I'm really pumped that we can finally actually buy alcohol on Sunday and not have to drive over to Superior," Aaron LeDoux said. "It's going to make a lot of revenue for Duluth."
They hope it brings business back to Minnesota.
"It's going to be a great way to keep our customers here in Minnesota and Duluth especially," Romano said.
Now that it's available in Duluth on Sundays, it makes it more accessible to everyone.
"It's mostly just great to have the convenience of being able to go somewhere close to where you live, not having to go out of your way," Mattke said.
Part of the law means liquor stores in Duluth can only be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It is also up to the individual store whether or not they want to be open on Sundays.
Updated: July 17, 2017 01:50 PM
Created: July 16, 2017 06:03 PM
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