Minnesotans Line Up for First Sunday Liquor Sales

July 02, 2017 10:48 PM

Before Stinson Wine, Beer and Spirits in Northeast Minneapolis even opened up Sunday, customers were lined up outside the door.

That's because it was the first time ever that liquor sales were legal on a Sunday in the state following years of debate at the State Capitol, where legislators this session undid a prohibition in place for 159 years.

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Robby Cecil was one of the many people who filled Stinson Wine, Beer and Spirits right away Sunday.

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"I think it shows that it's a good idea, and it's something that people have wanted and are excited to actually have now," Cecil said.

Many small liquor store owners have long maintained that sales wouldn't be substantial enough to justify the cost of staffing Sundays. That's why some stores, like Solo Vino in St. Paul, chose to keep their doors closed.

"I just think that it's a family day, and I think it's important to have that one day where you can get away," Owner Chuck Kanski said.

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