Newton considering Sunday liquor sales

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Newton, Kan. -- Could Newton be joining the ranks of Kansas cities that sell liquor on Sundays? A Newton business consultant company says they should.

The two partners of CXXC Group Inc. talked to the Newton city commission Tuesday night and said they have proof the city is losing money in sales tax every Sunday.

We visited two liquor stores in Newton Tuesday. Both have never been open on a Sunday but they disagree on whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.

"It's one of those things where you've been going along all this time and everybody's accustomed to it and like I said, it does give our employees a day off which they deserve," Murray Anderson of Anderson's Retail Liquor said.

"Our customers generally drive to Park City. I think we should be allowed to be open. I mean it would be good for the city as a whole. Why not keep local dollars local," Tricia Foster with Hill's Retail Liquor said.

The stores could soon at least have the option to open on Sundays, that is if the partners of CXXC Inc. have anything to say about it.

"Let the business decide when they want to hold their business and it's just that simple," David Mefford of CXXC Group Inc. said.

The business consultants told us they were asked by a few local businesses and people to research how not selling alcohol on Sundays is affecting newton. They their findings are that Newton is losing tax dollars every time someone leaves the city in search of liquor on a Sunday.

"I think that's the biggest point we're missing out on is all those tax dollars we could be utilizing," Mefford said.

They shared their research with the Newton city commission. They tell it's just a first step but hope eventually they'll help give people in newton the option to buy liquor locally every day of the week.

The city commission to table the issue so they could discuss it further and reach out to local business owners and people in the community to see how they feel about it. If they choose to move forward, commission members say there is chance the issue could be put on ballot for a vote in the future.

We did some digging and found out Newton is in the majority. According to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control of all the cities in Kansas, about 505 do not allow alcohol sales on Sunday. Only about 75 do allow alcohol sales on Sunday.

We have included a full list of cities that have basic alcohol sales, which means they do not allow alcohol sales on Sunday.

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