Glass half empty: Matt Coran, manager of Chilly's Liquor in Greenfield, retrieves a bottle of liquor for a customer. Coran said allowing carry out alcohol sales on Sunday would hurt package stores 'because it will shift much of the business to the big-box stores.'Those in favor of lifting the state's ban say Indiana loses millions of dollars to nearby states that allow Sunday sales. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — A legislative committee’s move this week to uncork the debate over whether to lift the state’s Sunday ban on carryout alcohol sales has local package stores and big-box retailers sitting on different sides of the bar.
Proponents in favor of easing the sales restriction told the House Public Policy Committee Wednesday that Indiana loses millions of dollars in business annually to neighboring states that have no similar law; the state also fails to collect on the taxes carryout liquor sales would generate, they said.
Local package store proprietors, however, say lifting the ban will force them to open for business on a day when most people do their shopping at the larger retail stores, putting the package stores at an economic disadvantage.