Dry Walterboro could soon see Sunday alcohol sales

Dry Walterboro could soon see Sunday alcohol sales

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - People in Walterboro might soon be able to sip up, if they speak out on Election Day.

A referendum will be the ballot on Tuesday where voters in the city of Walterboro can vote to allow bars and restaurants to serve alcoholic drinks for on-premise consumption on Sundays.  Currently, they are not permitted to do so.

Owners of some area bars and restaurants say allowing alcohol on Sunday would help pour on their profits.

"I think if we could sell alcohol on Sundays, it would definitely help boost business," Main Street Bar and Grille Owner Derek Rush said.

Rush says Sunday sales of alcohol would coax more people to visit his establishment.

"People could go and have a nice place to go and have something to eat on Sundays, watch the ball game, drink a beer, if they wanted to -- if that's their choice," he said.  "But county-wide we can't do that and it kind of puts a cramp on things."

Businesses outside of the service industry are also reporting that a change would increase their bottom line.

Linda Kelley, the general manager of Microtel Inn & Suites, says visitors oftentimes cancel their reservation after they learn that Colleton County is dry.

"They will always ask the front desk, for a good restaurant and where they can get a drink and when we inform them they can't do that here, nine out of ten will just go ahead and check out," she said.

City manager Jeff Lord says that if the referendum passes on Tuesday, it would go in effect immediately after certification by the State Department of Revenue.

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