Johnsonville council to hold hearing on Sunday beer, wine sales.

July 13, 2018

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – The Johnsonville City Council will hold a public hearing next month on whether to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores and restaurants.

Currently no businesses in the Johnsonville city limits can sell beer or wine on Sundays, according to Johnsonville Administrator Jim Smith. Laws once prohibited the sale of beer, wine and liquor on Sundays in South Carolina, but those laws have since been relaxed, Smith said.

“One of the local merchants in town that owns the Piggly Wiggly supermarket here in town approached me about a month or two ago and was asking me if the city would be interested in having Sunday beer and wine sales,” Smith said.

The concern the store owner had was that Johnsonville is losing money to surrounding cities and town that allow Sunday sales, Smith said. The concern was brought to the council at a meeting on Tuesday, and the idea of allowing Sunday sales was discussed.

The city council decided to have a hearing at a meeting on Aug. 7 so the public can have its say before a decision is made.

Smith said he will have to get clarification on South Carolina’s process for authorizing Sunday beer and wine sales. He said he may also check with other cities and towns in the state to see how they handled the process of allowing the Sunday sales.

“I think as long as you hold a public hearing, and you give adequate notice, and you allow the public to speak and you get their feedback, I think at that point the council has the ability to make that decision. And just go from there,” Smith said.

There may be more people than normal to attend next month’s council meeting because of the hearing, so it will be held at the Johnsonville Community Center at 6:30 p.m., Smith said.

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