N Carolina House passes bill on Sunday morning alcohol sales

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCT) — The North Carolina House has passed a bill allowing alcohol sales on Sunday mornings.

The proposal approved Tuesday would let local governments pass ordinances permitting restaurants and retailers like grocery stores to begin selling alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Currently, beer, wine and liquor sales are prohibited before noon on Sundays statewide.

Some restaurants in uptown Greenville say the bill would bring in more revenue and customers to their businesses.

“We will be able to flip tables quicker which would increase our visitors,” Winslow’s General Manager Don Pittman said. “We have more people coming in and getting served quicker without having to wait for that 12 p.m. cut off time to get here. I think everybody is ready for the modern day business module to catch up with the laws and what we are having to operate under.”

Christy’s bartender Kevin Kayes added, “Every body would have an extra couple drinks on their tab. We would turn tables a lot faster. People would come in and get what they want.”

The House also approved an amendment to remove a provision from the bill that would have allowed distilleries to sell and ship liquor directly to out-of-state consumers. Randolph County Republican Rep. Pat Hurley said the change would prevent the manufactures from inadvertently shipping alcohol to those underage.

Another amendment that would have permitted only restaurants to serve alcohol before noon on Sundays failed.

The bill returns to the Senate for another vote.