Should Liquor Stores Be Open on Sunday?
Doug Odell, co-owner of Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, said small breweries in Colorado have benefited from having so many independent stores willing to take a chance selling their beer. He said there would be less selection if larger outlets are eventually allowed to sell more alcoholic products.This argument is reminiscent of those we heard when Barnes & Noble came to town. People feared it would put independent booksellers like the Tattered Cover out of business, and that the megastores would stock only the best sellers or popular titles. That hasn't happened, but maybe it's because of the unique strength and popularity of stores like the Tattered Cover in Denver and the Explorer in Aspen. The same probably holds true for the Denver's Argonaut. It may be inevitable that people will shop where the price is right. I suspect that if the superstores put their lobbying dollars behind it, they would get their way on the issue of selling full-strength liquor. I don't see Sunday sales as being the last barrier -- the straw that broke the camel's back -- on this issue. The store owner who fears working 16 hour days, seven days a week instead of six so as not to lose business to a competitor, has the better argument. It's hard for any urban independent retailer to make a living these days, and they don't need the legislature making it tougher. Ski areas and small towns may be different, but each municipality should have the right to decide for itself. Sen. Veiga's proposed amendments should solve the problem.
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