March 4 marks first Sunday of legal alcohol sales in Indiana
Indiana's ban on Sunday sales stretches back to the 1850s.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- March 4 is the first Sunday that people in the Hoosier state can legally buy alcohol since a new law went into place
Governor Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law on Wednesday, repealing Indiana's ban on Sunday alcohol sales.
"You just hope that we're going to get enough sales in addition to what we've been doing to make up for what its going to cost us to be open today," said Todd Antz, owner of The Keg Liquors in New Albany.
Alcohol sales are now allowed from noon until 8 p.m. at liquor stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and big-box retailers. Antz only opened his stores up from noon to 5 p.m.
"I'm sure there will be a bit of the novelty wearing off. You have the first day, everyone's so excited to do it and then its just another day," Antz said.
There's been some worry among liquor store owners that sales would no offset the cost of being open. However, customers on Sunday seemed excited about the change.
"I went and saw a movie with my father-in-law and we were going to grab a beer somewhere but thought 'no, lets get it and bring it back to the house for the first time,'" Scott Donald said.
Indiana's ban on Sunday sales stretches back to the 1850s, and stayed in place after national alcohol prohibition was overturned in 1933.
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