Last year, Connecticut passed a law repealing the prohibition of off-sale liquor retail on Sundays. The measure to modernize the Connecticut liquor code was endorsed by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (DFL) with members of the DFL and GOP in both the House and Senate voted to make the change. The measure was signed into law on May, 17th, 2012, after decades of debate.
“For years, Connecticut residents had to go to neighboring states where merchants selling alcoholic beverages were wide open for business. Connecticut lost business, lost sales and lost taxes.”
–Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin B. Sullivan
A little over one year has passed since the change. How has the legalization of Sunday liquor sales impacted the state and its consumers? Fears that six days of sales would be spread over seven days have been found to be completely unfounded. Liquor sales during the last year have increased, not decreased. According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services the state experienced an sizable increase in alcoholic beverage receipts, crediting the change in Sunday liquor sales for the increase. The volume of alcoholic products sold by Connecticut retailers increased by nearly 3%.
Said Commissioner Sullivan, “Not every retailer selling beer and other alcoholic beverages see increased sales. Overall, however, the results are positive and especially for those who stretched to be more competitive.”