Grovetown stores preparing for big alcohol sales Sunday

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Christmas Day was busy for the few Grovetown retailers open to sell alcohol.

Jung Sook Lee rings up a purchase at GT Package Shop. Grovetown retailers expect New Year's Day to be a busy day for alcohol sales.    Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jung Sook Lee rings up a purchase at GT Package Shop. Grovetown retailers expect New Year's Day to be a busy day for alcohol sales.

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.”

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soldout
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soldout 12/30/11 - 09:31 am
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This is really a comment on

This is really a comment on the times we live in and why we have the society we have. Pretty sad to me. God gave you the best mind he could; made in the imagine of His and folks have to modify it through drugs to make their life experience different from normal. That seems a little strange. If you need to do that to enjoy life why not just learn how to enjoy life? If we need a social crutch we must have a broken social part. Jesus is the source of peace and joy and He isn't in a bottle, can or pill. You won't find a higher high than a relationship with the creator of the universe who loves you much more than those who made sure you could buy alcohol on Sunday.

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nanowerx 12/30/11 - 09:49 am
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@sold out So God didn't put

@sold out So God didn't put hops and barley on this planet and Jesus didn't turn water into wine? Where exactly does it say anywhere in the bible that alcohol is bad?

Maybe be happy for local businesses making more money and seeing the good in everything instead of the bad. Not everybody gets 'high on life' nor should anybody be the moral authority to tell them they cant. Of course that is just my Christian opinion.

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hon_10 12/30/11 - 10:23 am
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sold out it is pretty sad to

sold out it is pretty sad to me also. The morals of this country are no more. But we shouldn't be surprise about anything that happens today. These are truly the last days and satan is on a rapid to build his kingdom to the eternal flame pit called hell!!! The Bible is just being fulfilled. Just pray for everyones soul and hope that it want be to late for them. Proverbs 16:18-19 reads Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

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InChristLove 12/30/11 - 10:41 am
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nanowerx, you are right.

nanowerx, you are right. Because you have implied that you are a Christian then your moral authority is God Almighty. There is no where in the Bible that it states that drinking alcohol is a sin (that I have found). But it does state in Romans 14:21 "It is better not to eat meat (referring to any kind of food) or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall" In this verse Paul warns Christians concerning their conduct and although something may be permissible to do, it is not always what Christ would want us to do, and after all, isn't that what being a Christian is......to be Christ like. Drinking in itself is not the sin unless it is in excess, or when it causes a spiritual brother/sister or especially a non-beleiver to move further away from the calling of Christ.

Titus 2:11-12 tells us, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Just something to think about before you take that next drink.

roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 12/30/11 - 12:38 pm
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I'll drink to that!

I'll drink to that!

Will
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Will 12/30/11 - 03:05 pm
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Duh. Ya think...?
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Duh. Ya think...?

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David Parker 12/30/11 - 04:41 pm
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Tvveedie preparing to for big

Tvveedie preparing to for big hangover after drinking High Lifes in excess. HAH. Sorry to soldout, hon 10, and the good reverend ICL. I'll spill some to those we lost and toast to a new year full of promise. If I be darned for that, then I also thank you for the warning.

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InChristLove 12/30/11 - 05:46 pm
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tvveediem, you can post your

tvveediem, you can post your sarcasm all you wish but please leave the name "reverend" off my name. Drink till your hearts content.

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