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Watertown New Year's Eve Liquor Sales

December 6, 2006, 6:18 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Watertown New Year's Eve Liquor Sales
The city of Watertown is making an exception for alcohol sales on New Year's Eve, and now liquor stores will be allowed to stay open that Sunday.

The Cowboy Country Liquor store is stocking up for the holiday season. This is usually it's busiest time of year. But New Years Eve falls on a Sunday this year, a day stores like this are banned from selling liquor and wine. So a liquor store owner in town asked the council to make an exception to that rule for the holiday. When it didn't get much opposition to the idea, the council passed the ordinance. 

Watertown Mayor Paul Fox says, "It's just a one time special exception, after midnight everything reverts back to the way it was prior to." 

Lon Roberdeau has been the store manager at Cowboy Country Liquor for 26 years and says this is the first time he can remember something like this happening. 

Store Manager Lon Roberdeau says, "It kind of surprised me in the past Watertown has been pretty conservative on these types of things. Now they can come in and buy their liquor and wine and it just gives us added sales for the day." 

And Watertown's mayor says the change makes sense for those those local businesses. 

Fox says, "Kind of an analogy would be not allowing the retail business stores to be open the day after Thanksgiving, which is their biggest day of the year for sales." 

And now liquor stores can now cash in on one of their busiest days. 

Watertown already allows businesses with full restaurants to sell hard liquor on Sundays... so the mayor says they're just giving the rest of the stores in town a chance to compete.

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