Small Package Store Owners Oppose Malloy On Blue Law Repeal

HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Dan Malloy wants to repeal Connecticut’s blue laws and allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday, but some package store owners are not happy about it.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

For generations, the blue laws have protected small package store owners like Bill Fore.

He says opening up for Sunday sales is just a small part of why he and others are protesting Malloy’s effort.

He explains the legislation carries dramatic changes that would provide a huge advantage to large retailers.

“With large discounts for buying big volumes of product, which a small store like mine can never do,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

That’s because, he says, small package store owners don’t have the capital to buy in volume nor do they have the space to store the product.

Malloy is pushing for change, saying Connecticut is losing millions as residents cross state borders on Sundays to buy liquor.

Where do you stand on the issue? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Bullett

    I’ve never known a liquor business that did not go broke from Sunday sales. In fact it should increase not only liquor sales, but other (munchies) as well. Hey while their at it, restock the ice bin.

  • Joel

    I really don’t see why being open on Sundays will hurt these small stores.

  • Just Asking

    Do the “blue laws” serve a GOVERNMENTAL purpose? Did they ever?

  • Connecticut Stuck In The Dark Age

    It’s about time. Connecticut needs to get out of the dark age with blue laws that are so archaic. I don’t even drink but the state needs to realize that Sunday is not everyone’s sabbath and you cannot legislate personal behavior (prohibition was a failure). Live and let live.

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