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Sunday Alcohol Sales - IABR Statement

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  
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Sunday Alcohol Sales – IABR Statement on House Bill 1624 (Jan. 21, 2015)


Changing long-standing public policy won’t be as simple as placing new hours on Sunday alcohol sales and attempting to change the limits on what package stores can sell. By law and for decades, package stores have set up business models the way the state has mandated – and has no capacity to change overnight into a Big Box retail model selling diapers and milk.


Our stores also won’t qualify for major tax abatements as other super stores have continually secured across the state. While we’re sure out-of-state chains are elated at the number of bills filed in Indiana that erode controls on alcohol as a dangerous product, we believe the state’s public policy decision should be one that recognizes social consequences.


All evidence documents that extending alcohol sales and increasing the number of outlets selling alcohol will have ill effects on Hoosier communities. All evidence documents that there will be no additional revenue impact by extending sales. And all evidence documents that the consumer movement manufactured by Big Box retail is a fraud.


Lawmakers will ultimately decide and we’re hopeful they will listen. As a regulated industry, we will continue to discuss sound public policy.


Patrick Tamm, CEO, Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers

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