Newton business owner pushes for Sunday liquor sales

NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) Residents in Newton are able to purchase just about anything on Sunday expect liquor.

Murray Anderson of Anderson Liquor says a city ordinance does not allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday. He plans to make a proposal on Tuesday for the city to pass a law that would allow the extension of liquor sales.

"All of the other towns around us have this Sunday sale and I think it's great for Newton to join the other communities," Anderson said.

Anderson says it's hurting his business and other liquor store owners in town when they aren't open on Sunday.

The new liquor law made it available for the sale of stronger beers this month in grocery stores. He says stronger beer sales are good for business but not when other towns reap the benefits by selling on Sunday.

He says people are driving to surrounding areas to purchase their alcohol because stores in town are not open.

"A lot of people wouldn’t have to drive out of town. I think Newton could actually make some more tax money by doing it," Jeremy Greer said.

Anderson says his customers are making it known on his Facebook page the law needs to change.

"The comments are always you know I didn't even know you weren't open on Sunday or oh my gosh you need to catch up, everybody's been very positive about it," Anderson said. "The customers I've always talked to in the store their all very excited about it because they say it's about time."

City leaders say they doubt a decision will be made on Tuesday and will wait to hear public comment before going forward.