Archive for Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Convenience store seeks Sunday sales

August 10, 2005

To sell or not to sell liquor on Sundays -- that's once again a question in Tonganoxie.

In the past, Corky Krouse, owner of Krouse Liquor, has been the most vocal business person favoring Sunday sales, noting that many area communities now sell on Sundays, something he says puts a strain on his business.

And now, a different type of business wants to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays.

On Monday, the city council reviewed a letter from Casey's General Stores, requesting that Sunday sales be implemented in Tonganoxie. Casey's is constructing a new store at the northwest corner of Third Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

State law now allows cities in Kansas the option of legalizing Sunday sales in retail establishments that sell alcohol. Convenience stores can sell cereal malt beverages -- commonly referred to as 3.2 beer -- while liquor stores sell beverages that contain a greater percentage of alcohol. Neither store, however, is allowed to sell the beverages on Sundays.

Council member Velda Roberts proposed that the item be placed on the agenda for the next council meeting Aug. 22, so that business owners and others can speak about the issue.

"Let's get it all done at one time," Roberts said. "I hate it when we have one person who comes in."

In September 2003, the previous council approved liquor sales by adopting a charter ordinance on a 4-2 vote.

Later that year, however, a protest petition successfully blocked the measure.

Council members Jim Truesdell and Jason Ward were not on the council when it originally passed the ordinance.

Truesdell, though, helped gather petitions to block the charter ordinance at that time.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.