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Louisville Toasts Sunday Sales this weekend

August 1, 2005 08:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, KY – Louisville will toast an end to the Prohibition-era ban on Sunday sales of distilled spirits this coming Sunday, August 7th. For the first time since the 1920s, store owners like Jerry Rogers of Party Mart will be able to stay open on all weekend. Local media is invited to visit Rogers’ store this Sunday and speak with local elected officials, industry leaders and weekend shoppers. “With Sunday now the second busiest shopping day of the week, states and municipalities are rolling back Prohibition-era Blue Laws to bring adult consumers greater convenience and more choices,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, whose organization lobbied in support of the new law and has worked nationwide to repeal similar bans in other states. Cressy stated in the past three years alone, 11 other states have rolled back their Blue laws bringing the total to 33 states that permit Sunday liquor sales. For years, Kentucky consumers have been able to purchase beer on Sunday, while the sale of spirits and wine has remained prohibited. A court order last summer allowed local governments to vote on whether they wanted Sunday sales in their community. The Louisville City Council voted on July 28th to allow package liquor stores to sell wine and liquor on Sundays. The Mayor signed the legislation this Monday, August 1st. WHAT: First Sunday Sales in Louisville, Kentucky since Prohibition WHO: Jerry Rogers, owner, Party Mart Rick Blackwell, Louisville Councilman Don Berg, President of Brown Forman Spirits Americas Local Sunday shoppers WHEN: Doors open at 1:00 pm. Rogers, Blackwell and Berg will be available from 1 – 2 pm. HOW: All inquiries over the weekend can be directed to Courtney Sandora, (502) 533-7835. -30- CONTACT: Public Affairs Department Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:
 

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