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Raising a Glass to Sunday Sales

Paris, IL. - "Starting today, first time ever, we are open," Fuzzy McDaniel said. "Everybody is open."     

For 13 years, manger Fuzzy McDaniel has made Sunday his day to do inventory at Homer's Liquor store in Paris. 

But on this Sunday, McDaniel is not only doing inventory but preparing to open at noon.  

"Oh no I'm not mad," McDaniel said. "I knew for years this was coming it was just a matter of time. I really figured we'd do this five, six years ago." 

But the real question would anyone show? 

"That will be interesting," McDaniel said. "I don't know that anybody will be standing in line. I just don't know how business is going to be. I really don't" 

We soon got our answer five minutes past eleven. 

"Chucky we can't sell until noon," McDaniel said. "That's what the new ordinance is noon to midnight. We're open noon to seven." 

McDaniel soon got back to work stocking shelves. 

Until the first customer pulled through the drive through at exactly noon. 

"I guess it's going to be a little bit more enjoyable Sunday then it was last Sunday," Joshua Pappas said.  

One by one folks walked in and drove up to make their purchase. 

Buying their favorite beverage by the case. 

"Well it's better then to have to go somewhere else," Kevin Delbridge said. "You don't have to travel or go to Chrispin or Indiana or Terre Haute or anywhere else. Hey, I'm right here and it's local and it's convenient. And if you don't want people driving it's convenient." 

In 30 minutes of opening the store had more than 15 customers a record opening for any day. 

For McDaniel Sunday sales was bigger than he could have imagined.     

McDaniels says that the store won't know if Sunday sales will make a difference in business for a couple months to a year.

But residents say they are happy to finally be allowed to buy beer for Sunday football. 

The decision to sell alcohol is not state wide in Illinois as it is in Indiana. 

Meaning communities can vote whether or not to open on Sunday's. 


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