News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Sunday, Apr. 1, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga --Sunday alcohol sales teeing off alongside Masters week. All of the visitors are helping out the first day of Sunday alcohol sales in Augusta.
Liquor stores opened at 12:30 on Sunday and they were surprised by the amount of customers they saw.
The open sign at Harbans Wine and Spirits lite up for the first time ever on a Sunday. "We've done pretty good so far," said assistant manager Andy Ladomirak.
People filed in and out of the doors all day long excited about being able to buy alcohol on a Sunday. I love it, I love it, I love it , I love is," said customer Deangelo Robinson.
"I love it, you can drink any other day, now you can drink on Sunday," said customer Marchand Harrison.
Customer Gary Parrish is happy it will save him some driving time. "It's a good thing because I don't have to drive to Aiken or Grovetown and I can come right around the corner and get some alcohol," he said.
Ladomirak says Sunday's business is already comparing to a Friday or Saturday. "During the week it's a little bit slower. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. [Sunday's] picked up a little bit," he said.
But Ladomirak thinks the Masters is helping them out. "We have some Masters traffic so after all that fades out I'm not really sure exactly how the business is gonna be," he said.
Business he hopes will keep coming on Sunday even after the Masters patrons are gone.