Crowds line up in Grovetown to buy alcohol

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 5:52 PM
Last updated 9:02 PM
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This was the first Sunday Grovetown stores were able to sell alcohol, and customers were lining up.

Dangelo Turner gets some beer at the IGA grocery store in Grovetown on Sunday afternoon.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Dangelo Turner gets some beer at the IGA grocery store in Grovetown on Sunday afternoon.

After a unanimous vote by city council Dec. 12 to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance, Sunday carry-out sales of beer, wine and liquor began this weekend with a strong turnout.

Because GT Package Shop and Billy Jack’s were both closed, customers were only able to buy beer or wine, but that did not stop them.

“We had a line all the way around the store,” said Christopher Bourgoin, the second assistant manager of the Grovetown IGA at 110 Harlem-Grovetown Road. “People were waiting in the store for 12:30 p.m. to hit.”

Before the ordinance passed, people from the area would have to drive to the city of Aiken, which has a special permit for Sunday sales.

“People are tired of going to South Carolina,” Bourgoin said. “It’s a long drive.”

Michael Schuker of Grovetown was in IGA buying beer and wings in preparation of watching some football with his wife and friends.

He said there were times that he had forgotten to buy on Saturday and ended up having to drive to Aiken.

“It’s really nice and convenient not to have to buy in bulk,” Schuker said. “Plus, I think the tax dollars will be good for the city. It’s better that’s it’s here and not somewhere else.”

Bourgoin said IGA had sold more alcohol on Sunday than it does most days.

“I had a few say they didn’t even need it but bought it just because they could,” he said.

But Bourgoin does not think the novelty will wear off. He hopes the store’s Sunday alcohol sales will stay strong with people from nearby areas like Harlem, Thomson and Evans.

Cameron Herrin, an employee at A&S Market, 317 E. Robinson Ave., had a similar experience.

“We had a lot of people say the only reason they were buying is because they wanted to be the first ones to buy on Sunday,” he said.

They also had a line develop in the store around 12:30 p.m., and the interest stayed steady throughout the day.

“Once people get used to it, it will die down,” said Herrin. “Other than the alcohol, it’s been a normal Sunday.”

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Piperpig
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Piperpig 12/19/11 - 02:39 pm
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Hey Shrimp I lived in

Hey Shrimp I lived in Charleston for a while as well. And although being able to buy beer on sunday was nice nothing can compare to the irritation of not being able to buy liquor after 7 pm.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 12/19/11 - 03:57 pm
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rmwardsr, you are just plain
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rmwardsr, you are just plain wrong on that one. There are plenty of responsible drinkers, just because you can't be a responsible drinker, it does not mean the rest of the world can't either.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/19/11 - 04:15 pm
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I gave up drinking last night

I gave up drinking last night and I’ll give up again tonight.

allhans
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allhans 12/19/11 - 04:30 pm
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It is a bit strange that

It is a bit strange that people so badly need to buy on Sunday...not that they can, but that they have the need to.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 12/19/11 - 04:45 pm
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If you stock your beer

If you stock your beer refrigerator the night before. You can put on a hat and have that good old sunrise beer. Who needs a hair brush.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 12/19/11 - 04:51 pm
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Well allhans, it is not a
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Well allhans, it is not a need, it is want that an adult should be able to do if they so choose. Most heavy or regular drinkers prepare and have stock, people like us who drink a couple times a year and rarely have a day off may at the spur of the moment on one of their few sundays off may feel like having a drink and should not have to go out and pay out the nose at a restaurant to have a couple then drive home when we would rather be home watching the game. Not to mention the number of times I couldnt make something for dinner on a sunday because I couldnt get a tiny bottle of wine to cook with. The point is if we want to, we should be able to, we are adults. I don't keep this stuff in stock or in my house with the kids. And if a sunday kid free, work free presents itself, I should be able. Also drunks will just be on the roads even more going to get their beer from a restaurant and drive home when maybe some would stay home if they could take their case home with them!!! lol You would understand if something you wanted were banned on a certain day. How would you feel always having to prepare because they don't sell gas on sunday? Would you be fine with toting a gas drum with you to go to atlanta becuase that is the day you want to take your family to the aqaurium or tell your kids sorry trip is off dad forgot to get gas yesterday? Just like when you couldnt go to walmart in SC before 1, that was stupid. If a store or business chooses that is their choice. I have to get certain restaurants food on certain days lke chick filet dukes or sconyers, though it would be nice, they arent open and thats fine, but not a law saying no one can offer it at all, thats ridiculous. There just isn't a justifiable reason to ban it, dont twist it into something its not. =)

sand gnat
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sand gnat 12/19/11 - 11:03 pm
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This should have happened 30

This should have happened 30 years ago. Can't wait until it goes county wide for Columbia and Richmond. Nothing like going in the Circle K on sunday and getting a big 40 of Colt 45.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 12/20/11 - 09:11 am
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cobraone, please show me
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cobraone, please show me where in the constitution it sez "seperation of church and state" been readin it for some time now haven't seen it yet...so if you would be so kind to refer me to the section it would be greatly appreciated...

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