Lexington officials have finally started to look away from the Good Book for guidance on how to run business in the 2011 economy. Instead, they are looking at dollar signs as the potential of new retailers and tax dollars flash in front of their eyes.
A report by The State says bottles of wine and six-packs of beer could be purchased on Sundays in Lexington as early as mid-December.
“We’re going to do it as soon as we can,” Mayor Randy Halfacre said.
Town leaders plan to move quickly to authorize the sale of those items after voters approved the idea Nov. 8.
Initial approval by Town Council is expected tonight, and the final Town Council OK is set for Dec. 5. Beyond that, the two-week wait is required to allow public comment on the proposal, then it’s up to retailers to pay the extra fee required so shoppers can buy wine and beer at supermarkets, convenience stores and other outlets, which could take at least a week.
Lexington will become only the second municipality out of 14 in Lexington County that allow such sales – the other being Irmo. But, interest is building for an attempt to permit sales countywide.
“It will put some pressure on to do that,” Halfacre said of his town’s move. “There will be a lot of encouragement to take that step.”
Retailers, who know the benefits of an extra day of alcohol sales, are pushing for that ballot by next fall.
“In this economy, we can’t afford to lose any more business,” said Bob Brandi, owner of 19 convenience stores across the county.