The Augusta Commission voted 8-1-1 Tuesday, with Commissioner J.R. Hatney abstaining and Commissioner Bill Lockett opposed, to approve the licensing required to allow Sunday packaged alcohol sales to begin April 1 with no additional fee for retailers.
“I hate to see people leaving the church on Sunday and their first stop is the liquor store,” Lockett said.
On March 12, the commission’s Public Services Committee voted 4-0 on that licensing requirement.
Voters approved a referendum on Super Tuesday earlier this month, making Augusta-Richmond County the largest jurisdiction in the area to allow Sunday packaged alcohol sales. Grovetown voters approved a Sunday sales referendum in November. The city of Aiken holds a South Carolina permit for retail beer and wine sales on Sundays.
Voters in Columbia County and the city of Harlem will get their chance on decide on the referendum on July 31.