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Sunday morning alcohol sales OK’d for Asheville, Buncombe
Monday, 04 September 2017 15:49

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Council voted unanimously on July 25 to allow local businesses to sell alcohol in the city at 10 a.m. — rather than the previous noon start time — on Sundays.

Meanwhile, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to take the same action on Aug. 15, also allowing alcohol sales in the county to begin at 10 a.m. on Sundays. 

Casting the dissenting votes in Buncombe were commissioners Joe Belcher and Robert Pressley.

The action followed the enactment of a bill in the N.C. General Assembly on June 29 allowing local governments to decide on whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales. The new law went into effect on June 30.

In enacting SB155, North Carolina joined 47 other states in allowing alcohol service before noon on Sundays.

For Asheville, the move supports council’s Strategic Operating Plan/Vision 2036 in the focus area of “Thriving Local Economy” by:

“• Allowing the hospitality community and retail merchants to meet the needs of their customers.

“• And it benefits the small business community by bringing customers into business districts earlier in the day.”

 



 


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