- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) - The city of Clinton will allow alcohol sales on Sundays beginning in July.

A 2002 city ordinance allowed alcohol sales Monday through Saturday only.

Aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday to make the change after no one opposed the Sunday sales during a public hearing.

Sunday sales will begin in 30 days and will go from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Restaurants will also be allowed to serve liquor by the glass, though the state Department of Revenue will have to approve that portion of the ordinance.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1R8ymst ) Mayor Phil Fisher supported Sunday sales.

He said he hears often from restaurants that eliminate Clinton from their list of possible expansion sites because they won’t be able to sell alcohol on Sundays.

“When they can build anywhere in the metro area, that’s what they’re doing. They’re not offended, their feelings aren’t hurt, they’re just making a business decision,” Fisher said.

Alderman Mike Cashion, who’s also the executive director of the Mississippi Restaurant and Hospitality Association, said national restaurant chains budget a set number of new restaurants they’ll open each year, without regard to location.

“We have to build a case that competes with the rest of the country, not just the rest of the metro area. Sunday sales are one piece of the puzzle,” he said.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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