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Metro Council Members propose eliminating 2-4 a.m. alcohol sales

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Some members of the Louisville Metro Council say they want to reduce crime, mainly in the west end.

That's why they're proposing banning package liquor stores from staying open past 2 a.m.

But some businesses don't like the idea.

This measure would not apply to bars and restaurants -- only package liquor stores.

But some of those stores say getting their hours cut would be bad for business.

Lucky Jr. is a family owned package liquor store in Louisville's west end. It's been around nearly 50 years.

It's open until 4 a.m. seven days a week.

One of the operators, James Aleksa, says closing two hours earlier would hurt business.

"It's going to take a lot of revenue from not selling the product," said Aleksa.

He says that's because the store doesn't just sell liquor and beer in the early morning hours. It also sells cigarettes, soft drinks and snacks.

Aleksa told WDRB a lot of its clientele after 2 a.m. are people who are getting off or going to work.

Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is the primary sponsor of the proposal.

She says her main goal in proposing a ban on package alcohol sales after 2 a.m. is to reduce crime.

"It's a quality of life issue for us in west Louisville," said Hamilton.

She says there are currently 28 liquor stores with special licenses that allow them to stay open those two extra hours.

The measure would only apply to retail package liquor stores in the metro area, so it wouldn't impact Jeffersontown, St. Matthews or Shively.

Hamilton says that's because the main problems are in the west end.

"There are things going on that wouldn't normally be going on if people were home or even somewhere else other than hanging around the liquor stores," Hamilton told WDRB.

John Owen with the Portland Business Association disagrees.

"The liquor is not the problem. The lack of economic opportunity for the young people in the west end, the lack of businesses in the west end, the lack of a true commitment from the city to Portland and the west end," said Owen.

"We're trying to really take back our communities, take back our neighborhoods and make them safe for everyone," said Councilwoman Hamilton.

The Public Safety Committee will discuss the proposal on Sept. 3.

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