Indiana takes step toward Sunday alcohol sales – Indianapolis Star


Expanding cold beer sales and allowing retail sales of alcohol on Sundays are something many Indiana residents have long wanted and an issue that could be gaining traction. But a complex set of forces has kept that from happening. Dwight Adams/IndyStar

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Cold beer is kept in coolers behind the counter at a Ricker’s convenience store in Columbus, Ind., Thursday, March 23, 2017. Servers must bring the beer to a patron’s table in the store’s restaurant area. After the chain’s lawyers realized the in-store restaurants qualified for cold beer sales, this Ricker’s location and one in Sheridan, Ind., obtained the required licenses to serve cold beer to patrons for consumption in the restaurant or to-go. The Columbus location also sells liquor for consumption outside of the restaurant. To many in the liquor store industry, Ricker’s use of this loophole seems like an attempt to cut into an area that has previously been domain of liquor stores, which are subject to additional regulations.(Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)Buy Photo

A panel working to revise Indiana’s alcohol laws voted Tuesday to recommend allowing carryout alcohol sales on Sunday. 

The measure would allow stores that currently sell alcohol — including grocery, convenience and liquor stores — to sell alcohol from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The recommendation is big win for supporters of Sunday alcohol sales and comes after liquor stores and big box grocers announced an unlikely alliance on the issue last week. 

The Sunday sales measure will now be included in the commission’s final report. The panel is still considering whether to include other proposals in that report, such as expanding cold beer sales to convenience and grocery stores. The panel is scheduled to vote on the

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