Councils approve Sunday alcohol sales – Times Daily

Retail and restaurant alcohol sales on Sunday will soon be legal in Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia.

Monday night each council approved a pair of resolutions setting the hours during which alcohol may be purchased, starting at noon Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday for restaurants, and beginning at noon for properly-licensed retail establishments. There is no end time for retail sales, as the sales will roll into Monday.

The 2 a.m. cutoff for restaurants is set by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Muscle Shoals City Clerk Ricky Williams said the new ordinances will be posted, and the changes will take affect five days after the public posting, making the first day for Sunday sales July 2.

Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood said he hopes Tuscumbia will have notice requirements completed in time for the city to start selling as early as this Sunday.

Tuscumbia gives notice by publication, so if all ordinance information is received and published this week, the city can sell Sunday, officials said.

Tuscumbia’s council members in attendance unanimously passed the ordinances. Council members Geraldine Thompkins and Scott Smart were not present at Monday’s meeting.

In Muscle Shoals, the ordinance allowing Sunday restaurant sales was approved unanimously, but the ordinance allowing retail sales of alcohol on Sundays passed 3-1 with Place One Councilman Chris Hall voting against it.

Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford said the change was needed from a “strictly economic standpoint.”

“We would not have gotten Logan’s (Roadhouse) had they know we didn’t have Sunday sales,” Bradford said.

The restaurant opened in 2014 in Muscle Shoals. Bradford said the Muscle Shoals location was one of 27 in the state that did not permit Sunday sales.

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