Madisonville city leaders consider changes to Sunday alcohol sales

Madisonville city leaders consider making changes to Sunday alcohol sales

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - Sunday alcohol sales is one of the topics at Monday’s Madisonville city council meeting.

The measure, if later approved, would not only impact grocery and liquor stores, but also local restaurants and other businesses who serve drinks.

A sign on the door of Spirit Shoppe II shows they’re closed on Sunday, but they, like many others, may soon have the option to operate.

"This is 100 percent a council decision,” says Mayor Kevin Cotton.

City Councilman Adam Townsend is introducing a change related to Sunday alcohol sales. It is the first reading of the proposed ordinance happening Monday.

“Since Hanson has gone wet and allowed Sunday sales last year and other cities such as Henderson and Owensboro have allowed them in the last year, it’s more of a push for these businesses to want to be able to compete on the same level,” Townsend explained.

The ordinance would allow grocery, convenient and liquor stores to sell alcohol from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Sunday. It would also mean restaurants would be able to serve alcoholic drinks during that time period.

"There were also a lot of restaurants who talked about the Sunday football crowd where people would want to come in and watch football games on Sunday that started at noon and they weren’t able to serve them at that time,” Townsend recalled.

As of now, sales are only allowed by the drink from one in the afternoon until ten o’clock at night.

“A few years ago, there were some businesses that on New Year’s Eve, a Sunday evening, where they were looking to have events for New Year’s Eve but they were not allowed as well because the sale ended at 10 o’clock,” Townsend added.

A vote is expected at the second reading next month.

Citizens originally voted for Madisonville to go wet in 1992.

Sunday sales by the beverage were first approved in 2011.

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