Christmas Day was busy for the few Grovetown retailers open to sell alcohol.
The shelves emptied quickly and some expect another big alcohol sales day on another Sunday – New Year’s Day.
“It was pretty crazy. This past Sunday, we sold out of everything,” said Allison Coleman, the assistant manager of the Circle K at 5101 Wrightsboro Road. “So we’re stocking up extra, getting ready for this Sunday. We’re expecting another big day.”
Christmas was the second Sunday that Grovetown stores were allowed to sell alcohol.
Voters approved Sunday packaged alcohol sales in November.
On Dec. 12, city council members amended the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow sales on Sundays between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Linda Herrin, a store clerk at A & S Market at 317 E. Robinson Ave., said the past two Sundays have been busy.
Herrin said the clerk on duty Christmas Day said customers seeking alcohol flocked to the store.
“He didn’t have a chance to step outside or go to the bathroom or anything,” Herrin said. “That’s how slammed we were. We were kicking.”
At one point, the parking lot couldn’t accommodate any more cars, she said.
Patrick Smith, a manager of the CVS at 5105 Wrightsboro Road, attributes his store’s increase in alcohol sales to the extra customers Sundays who turned out because they’re excited about the new law.
“I’m looking for an increase in (Sunday sales) just because it’s something new and the novelty of it,” Smith said. “I don’t think we’re going to be anything like the grocery stores and gas stations.”
Coleman said that on Dec. 18 most of the customers buying alcohol at her Circle K store were local.
But on Christmas, there were people from all over the Augusta area.
She expects the rush to calm down after the novelty wears off.
“I think in a couple of weeks, it’ll slow down,” Coleman said. “I think that it will balance out.”